Tight end frustrated with chemistry with quarterback. Where have we heard that before?
But in the case of the 49ers and tight end Vernon Davis with new quarterback Colin Kaepernick, it might actually matter.
After being held to one catch Sunday against the Patriots, Davis admitted he was frustrated at having to start from scratch with a new passer, after developing a good relationship with Alex Smith.
“That’s something me and Kap don’t have right now,” Davis said, via Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee. “We don’t have it. You have to expect [that because] he just stepped in. Me and Alex — we’ve been here. It takes time. It took time for me and Alex to get like that.
“In the beginning, he’d underthrow me, he’d overthrow me because we had to build that chemistry that I would be in that spot right when I need to be. And that’s something that me and Kap don’t have right now. But we’re working on it. We started working on it the moment he walked in.”
The early returns were promising, with Davis catching six passes for 86 yards and a touchdown in Kaepernick’s first start.
But in the four games since, he has four catches for 29 yards. There were balls that were either overthrown (or short-armed) against the Patriots, and Davis said: “I get chills when I think about it,” he said.
As long as Kaepernick is finding Michael Crabtree and Randy Moss, and the 49ers are putting up 41 points like they did against the Patriots, it shouldn’t be a problem.
At least as long as Davis doesn’t let it become an issue, as others have.