During the 49ers’ mandatory minicamp this offseason, Vernon Davis worked with the team’s wide receivers rather than at his usual spot as the team’s tight end.
Davis isn’t “exclusively” working with wideouts during training camp, as he reportedly did at minicamp, but he’s seeing time there as the 49ers continue to formulate offensive plans for the season. Davis said he’s happy to do anything the 49ers want him to do as he doesn’t “play for the Pro Bowl” and thinks the receiver work will benefit him any way that the team ultimately decides to deploy him.
“I’m willing to step up and do whatever they ask me to do,” Davis said, via Jimmy Durkin of the San Jose Mercury News. “They’ve been having me work with the wide receivers, line up with the wide receivers, pretty much all over the place. It not only helps me at the wide receiver position, it helps me at the tight end position because my feet can get quicker, my route running is better. I get to play around with the routes and figure out how I want to run them.”
The uncertainty at receiver for the Niners after Michael Crabtree’s Achilles injury is going to be a running storyline in camp, but the willingness to use Davis in different spots isn’t really about what position he’s playing. It’s about using the best players on your roster in ways that they are going to be effective, whether that is as an outside target for Colin Kaepernick or as a blocker at the point of attack on a Frank Gore run. You want players like that doing as much as possible at any and every spot they can succeed.