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Greg Roman: Vernon Davis has “taken it up to a new level”

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When the 49ers are at full strength offensively, tight end Vernon Davis is an important part of their success.

With serious questions at wide receiver thanks to injuries keeping Michael Crabtree, Mario Manningham and Kyle Williams off the field and the continued struggles of 2012 first-round pick A.J. Jenkins, Davis is even more important. The team recognizes that, as evidenced by the variety of ways they are exploring to use Davis this season. Offensive coordinator Greg Roman likes what he’s seen.

“He’s really taken it up to a new level,” Roman said of Davis, via the team.

While one must always take such reports from training camp practices with a grain of salt, Davis’ track record says that it probably isn’t too much of a stretch to believe that he’s been impressive. Matthew Barrows of the Sacramento Bee calls Davis “by far the most consistent deep threat” on the 49ers offense this season, which could be seen as both a compliment of Davis and an indictment of the healthy receivers who aren’t Anquan Boldin.

If Davis is able to make that carry over into games, the answer to that question won’t matter all that much.

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18 Responses to “Greg Roman: Vernon Davis has “taken it up to a new level””
  1. walleyejon says: Jul 31, 2013 3:43 PM

    I hate the 49ers, and I’ll take Davis in every fantasy league that I can. I believe he and Jimmy will be neck and neck all year.

  2. nflcrimerankingscom says: Jul 31, 2013 3:45 PM

    Great against LBs, but his buttery hands won’t allow him to be a go to weapon consistently.

  3. dublindemonszfl says: Jul 31, 2013 3:46 PM

    GO FOR IT DAVIS!

  4. h3min1230 says: Jul 31, 2013 3:48 PM

    A sprained ankle delivered by Kam Bam will change all that.

  5. braceyourselffor12 says: Jul 31, 2013 3:55 PM

    If this would have happened before the start of last season with Smith at QB I would have been worried. But having Kaep under center gives us the added dimension we were missing.

    Davis is and has always been our biggest threat on the field and since we love to use two TE sets I am going to be more interested to see how well Celek and McDonald block to open it up for Davis, Boldin and our slot receivers.

    I can’t wait for football!

    GO NINERS!!!!!

  6. skeebo80 says: Jul 31, 2013 3:59 PM

    THE BEST TIGHT END IN FOOTBALL

  7. 49wyztowin says: Jul 31, 2013 4:10 PM

    With Vance McDonald, the 49ers can now move Vernon Davis a little more different in their lineup situations, and cause more matchup problems. When Delanie Walker was the 49ers no.2 TE last year, he wasn’t your traditional TE, more of a hybrid type. Now that McDonald will be the more traditional type of TE, the 49ers will be playing him more in the middle of the field, thus making Vernon running more out, slants and deep routes.

  8. minnesoulja says: Jul 31, 2013 4:14 PM

    His name is Kyle Rudolph

  9. 737driver69 says: Jul 31, 2013 4:16 PM

    Yeah he taken it to the next level alright….its called the next level of MEDIOCRITY…enough said

  10. phelbin says: Jul 31, 2013 4:19 PM

    nflcrimerankingscom says:

    Great against LBs, but his buttery hands won’t allow him to be a go to weapon consistently.

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    Sounds like you’ve spent too much time on Seahawk fan message boards. Have you actually seen a 49er game in the last 3 years? He’s arguably the best receiving TE in the game.

  11. dirtysouthniner says: Jul 31, 2013 4:23 PM

    He’s the only good vd out there!!! He’s in the prime of his career, mentally and physically, he’ll never be better

  12. thestillcity says: Jul 31, 2013 4:28 PM

    “49wyztowin says:
    Jul 31, 2013 4:10 PM
    With Vance McDonald, the 49ers can now move Vernon Davis a little more different in their lineup situations, and cause more matchup problems. When Delanie Walker was the 49ers no.2 TE last year, he wasn’t your traditional TE, more of a hybrid type. Now that McDonald will be the more traditional type of TE, the 49ers will be playing him more in the middle of the field, thus making Vernon running more out, slants and deep routes.”

    Actually, McDonald player WR in college just like Walker did. The difference is McDonald is bigger and should be able to play in-line a little better. Walker will be missed, but this is very much the same kind of athlete with the same kind of potential.

  13. japadacktle49 says: Jul 31, 2013 4:35 PM

    Did everyone get the memo that Seattle beat the 9ers 42-13 last season? And that the 49ers won the NFC West the last two seasons and NFC last season?

  14. jdubb84 says: Jul 31, 2013 5:05 PM

    I remember when he got kicked out of a game by his own coach. Hahaha

  15. rufusporter says: Jul 31, 2013 7:18 PM

    Can’t think of Vernon Davis without remembering the hit Kam Chancellor put on him last year. I have a feeling some deep part of the reptilian core of Vernon’s brain will remember it too and convince his arms to ‘go Alligator’ when he comes back to Seattle. He is an incredible athlete though.

  16. jayniner says: Jul 31, 2013 9:57 PM

    Next Thursday can’t get here fast enough!!

  17. 64post says: Jul 31, 2013 10:01 PM

    rufusporter, the hawks are full of cheap shots like that, hitting after the whistle, plowing into manningham’s legs with the top of the helmet, Robinson breaking DWalker’s jaw when he was on the ground and the whistle blew, that’s encouraged by Carroll. Payback is on it’s way buddy.

  18. briank1ne says: Jul 31, 2013 11:45 PM

    You see talk fans sure are easy to spot. “Move to the nfc west they said. It’ll be fun they said”

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