Vernon Davis didn’t have a single pass thrown his way in Thursday night’s win over the Seahawks, making it the first time in four years that he had gone a full game without a catch. After the game, Davis said he was just happy to get a win. But he also said he wishes he knew what he could be doing differently to get more opportunities.
“That’s up to the offensive coordinator,” Davis told the San Francisco Chronicle. “I don’t know what to do. I run my routes hard to get open but there’s nothing there. We’ll see, we’ll see.”
Davis also disappeared from the 49ers’ offense in last week’s loss to the Giants: Although two of Alex Smith’s first three passes were thrown in Davis’s direction (one incompletion, one six-yard gain), Davis didn’t have another pass thrown to him until late in the third quarter, when the 49ers were already trailing 23-3. Davis said opposing defenses are making it tough for him to get open.
“Some of the routes I usually run, they are taking them away,” Davis said. “The [routes] up the sideline, it’s not there. Nothing’s there. When I run my corner routes, the cornerback is dropping to the corner. They are just taking stuff away, some of my explosive routes and stuff.”
Whatever defenses are doing, the 49ers need to get the ball in Davis’s hands. He’s too talented a player to go a full game without a single pass being thrown his way.