When 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh insisted that the replacement for Michael Crabtree (Achilles) would come from the current roster, it was presumed that the replacement would be a receiver.
As it turns out, the Niners could be thinking about using tight end Vernon Davis as a wideout while Crabtree recovers.
According to Grant Cohn of the Santa Rosa Press Democrat, Davis participated “exclusively” as a receiver during the team’s recent mandatory minicamp.
While plenty of tight ends line up in the slot these days, Davis could actually be lining up wide — especially since Anquan Boldin is expected to be San Fran’s primary inside receiver.
Davis, a top-10 draft pick in 2006, ran the 40-yard dash in 4.38 seconds at the Scouting Combine. So he definitely has the speed to play on the outside. He also has the size to fight off press coverage, and to manhandle most cornerbacks who would try to get to the ball before him.