San Francisco 49ers tight end Vernon Davis has been a leader on this team for some time. But despite his leadership skills, he has never had a 1,000 yard receiving season.
Why? Who knows? There was some turbulence in his career with the 49ers as they rotated through offensive coordinators on a seemingly annual basis for a while. But in an effort to get Davis more involved in the San Francisco 49ers offense, he might spread out and play more wide receiver.
Grant Cohn of the Santa Rosa Press Democrat noted that Vernon Davis participated exclusively with the wide receivers during the 49ers past mini-camp.
“The Niners probably need him to play more wide out because their best receiver, Anquan Boldin, is a much better slot receiver than outside receiver at this stage in his career. During team drills, Boldin lined up in the slot the vast majority of the time.”
“The 49ers need an outside receiver who can stretch the field, like Randy Moss and Mario Manningham did last season. Davis may be the best candidate on the roster to fill that role this season.”
Michael Crabtree being injured is also probably playing a role in this move as well. But Vernon Davis could become an interesting FA draft pick if he is listed as a TE but getting time at wide receiver as well. He could have some better numbers.