Any reports and rumors that San Francisco 49ers tight end Vernon Davis will be moving full-time to wide receiver are dead wrong.
The 49ers told the National Football Post that the reaction to Davis getting more reps at wide receiver during recent practices has been “overblown,” and that Davis will not be converting to a full-time wide receiver.
The 49ers are looking for a wideout to fill-in for Michael Crabtree, who tore his ACL earlier this offseason and will be out for most of next season.
Which is why the rumors are flying about Davis, who finished only behind Crabtree in the past two seasons for the team lead in receiving yards. Last season, he recorded 548 yards on 41 receptions and scored five touchdowns.
The chemistry issues between him and quarterback Colin Kaepernick have been well-documented as well. However, the 49ers response to that is that these things take time, like it took time for Davis and Alex Smith to finally connect with each other on the field.
“Although the Kaepernick-Davis tandem connected only six times in the last six regular-season outings, Davis was targeted 14 times in the NFC championship game and the Super Bowl,” the NFP report reads. “And he had over 100 yards in both those contests.”
So if you’re looking for some football news to discuss in the middle of summer, don’t talk about Vernon Davis playing wide receiver for the 49ers next season, because it’s not happening.