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Vernon Davis says chemistry with Colin Kaepernick is building

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While most parts of the 49ers offense took off when Colin Kaepernick took over as quarterback last year, tight end Vernon Davis saw his production drop in the regular season.

Davis caught just six passes in the final five games of the regular season and was open about the need to build chemistry with a new quarterback who played a very different style than Alex Smith. Things seemed to trend upward in the postseason — Davis had 11 catches for 210 yards and a touchdown in the final two games of the year — and Davis said that the two men have continued to click during the offseason.

“We bond really well. We play, we joke away from the field,” Davis said, via Cam Inman of the Bay Area News Group. “That’s very important, especially when it comes to having a relationship with your quarterback. You want to be able to joke with this guy. It’s about what you do away from here. Colin and I are going to work on the field but how’s your relationship away from the field. It’s always been good. Just like me and Alex.”

The 49ers would be wise to do anything they can to encourage the friendship because Michael Crabtree’s injury makes Davis a very important player for the offense in 2013. The production from the NFC Championship Game and Super Bowl or something close to it is going to need to be a part of the offense for the 49ers to make another splash in the playoffs.

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20 Responses to “Vernon Davis says chemistry with Colin Kaepernick is building”
  1. skinsrock says: May 29, 2013 12:51 PM

    It’s real easy to develop chemistry when… all of a sudden… you are the #1 option.

  2. 49erstim says: May 29, 2013 1:12 PM

    This was always going to be the case in the offseason even before the Crabtree injury. Now VD is going to step in and take some of that burden away from Kaep that the loss of Crabtree created.

  3. jrealtalk says: May 29, 2013 1:24 PM

    It always bothered me that Davis’ numbers went down when Kaep took over. And Delanie walker would still be here if he hadn’t dropped damn near every pass Kaep threw to him. I feel they should have done the opposite, and stepped up like Crabtree did.

    Crabtree took his game to another level with Kaep throwing him the ball. Let’s see if Davis can finally step it up. He better, or he’ll be trade bait

  4. braceyourselffor12 says: May 29, 2013 1:28 PM

    It helps when you are a top 5 TE in the league. The more you go over the roster the more you realize how stacked this team is. I am going to miss seeing Kaepernick to Crabtree but the team will carry on until his return.

    Go Niners!!!!

  5. overweightman says: May 29, 2013 1:36 PM

    Vernon should realize the less he catches with his body and the more he catches with his hands, the better the chemistry will get.

  6. xpensivewinos says: May 29, 2013 1:40 PM

    Seems like it took Boldin about four seconds to build chemistry with Kaepernick.

    Perhaps chemistry was not Vernon’s strong suit at Maryland…..

  7. Iknoweverything says: May 29, 2013 1:46 PM

    Vernon will be too scared to use that “chemisty” against the Seahawks secondary. The Legion Of Doom will drop the Boom aggainst him and longneck. The Niners arebowned by seattle

  8. thefox61 says: May 29, 2013 1:57 PM

    Kam Chancellor says he has chemistry with Vernon Davis… BOOM!

  9. jimmyt says: May 29, 2013 2:03 PM

    What, are they sharing HGH?

  10. seaeagle707 says: May 29, 2013 2:06 PM

    Bam-Bam relies more on Physics to get his message across. Davis takes care of the chemistry back in the locker room, as he struggles to remember what a football is. Velvet fogs can do that to ya.

  11. sportnorcal says: May 29, 2013 2:15 PM

    All the whiny Seagals fans taking time away from their flavored coffees and fruity beer to comment, how cute.

  12. EJ says: May 29, 2013 2:40 PM

    Davis is a Quarterbacks dream TE. Having a receiving option like Vernon Davis makes the QB’s job so much easier. He is the type of player that you can just throw the ball up to and trust in his ability to come down with the ball 99% of the time. Kaepernick walked right into a very nice situation… One of the better Offensive lines in the league, a top of the line Running back in Frank Gore, The second best Tight End in the NFL, Two of the better up and coming Wideouts, along with an all-time great WR in Randy Moss. What more could you ask for? The team that San Francisco had last year could have reached the Super Bowl with pretty much any of the starting Quarterbacks in the league… including QB’s like Mike Vick, Tony Romo, Ryan Fitzpatrick and even Mark Sanchez could have lead that superstar packed team all the way.

  13. ninerfan81 says: May 29, 2013 3:00 PM

    Kaep isn’t super comfortable throwing down the middle of the field yet. He did most of his damage on the outside both running and passing. He needs to develop the confidence to hit his TE in the seam regularly. I think thats what contributed to the production drop, V.Davis (i hate saying VD btw) was open pretty often last season. If we’re able to avg 200 yards rushing again(doubt it) or anything close he should still see single coverage on Vernon.

  14. salmen76 says: May 29, 2013 3:12 PM

    Kapernick had 1st and goal to go on the 7 yard line with 2 minutes and 2 timeouts left in the Super Bowl, and LOST the Super Bowl. Joe Montana had only 52 seconds left on his OWN 5 yard line and zero timeouts left in the Super Bowl against the Bengals and he WON the game. I give Colin his props. He’s a good QB no doubt. I like him. But facts are facts. Doesn’t matter if you can run and run do flashy stuff in the regular season and win lots of games if you’re just gonna choke in the Super Bowl. In Colins defense the O coordinator called 4 crummy plays for sure. But i figured the niners shoulda won that game. Geaux Saints!

  15. jikkle49 says: May 29, 2013 3:33 PM

    Davis got drew a majority of defenses attention which is why and when the Kaepernick to Crabtree connection got huge since Crabtree was a more open target.

    When the playoffs happened and defenses had to respect the Kaepernick to Crabtree connection it freed Davis up more and Kaepernick started to hit him more often.

  16. onbucky96 says: May 29, 2013 3:33 PM

    Sorry VD, you’re not going to be on my fantasy team this yr. You and Darren McInjury are Personna non Drafta this August.

  17. nineball26 says: May 29, 2013 3:53 PM

    I don’t think people fathom the enormity of Crabtrees injury? I was stunned when I heard the news from a die hard niners fan, I’m a hawks fan but the niners need to be tip top for some decent competition in that devision so whoever the winner may be they will be STRONG.. this is going to hurt the niners big and no one can fill those shoes, the plan of attack will change thats one thing Jims good at but can they remain the top seed? I for one hope they rise to the occasion, only time will tell, GO HAWKS!!!

  18. jimmyjames65 says: May 29, 2013 7:53 PM

    Crabtree is going to be hard to replace. And Boldin isn’t the answer.

  19. 4ever9er says: May 30, 2013 12:30 PM

    @salmen76 says: May 29, 2013 3:12 PM

    Joe Montana had only 52 seconds left on his OWN 5 yard line and zero timeouts left in the Super Bowl against the Bengals and he WON the game…..

    STOP revising history!!!
    The team was on the 8 with 3:10 to go and 2 time outs!

  20. hawkhater3825 says: May 30, 2013 2:27 PM

    The Crabtree injury is significant sure, but how soon we forget what a major role VD played in getting the niners to NFC championship game..He will definitely play that role again this season…watch ur back LAMEHAWKS….VD AND CK gonna walk all over ur D.

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