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Vernon Davis

31-Year-Old Tight End – San Francisco 49ers

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Davis' 2014 started well enough — he scored twice in the first quarter of Week 1. That was the extent of his highlights, though, as he never found the end zone again, averaging a mere 17.5 yards per g...

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2015 ADP:  158.11

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STATUS:  Questionable     INJURY:  Knee      THU PRACTICE:   Limited
HT: 6' 3"   WT: 250   DOB: 1/31/1984
College: Maryland  DRAFTED: 1st Rd   Show ContractHide Contract


Vernon Davis Contract Information:

Signed a five-year, $37 million contract extension with $23 million guaranteed with the 49ers in September 2010.

October 7, 2015  –  Vernon Davis News

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Davis (knee) was limited at practice Wednesday, the San Jose Mercury News reports.

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Vernon Davis NFL Stats
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  Receiving Rec Distance Big Rec Games Rushing Kick Ret Punt Ret Fumbles
Year Age Team G Rec Yards TD Tar Avg YPT 20+ 40+ 100+ 150+ 200+ Att Yards Avg TD Yds TD Yds TD Tot Lost
2008 24 16 31 358 2 52 11.5 6.9 - - - - - 1 11 11.0 0 - - - - - -
2009 25 16 78 965 13 130 12.4 7.4 13 3 - - - 0 0 0.0 0 - - - - - -
2010 26 SF 16 56 914 7 93 16.3 9.8 16 5 2 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2011 27 SF 16 67 792 6 95 11.8 8.3 12 1 2 0 0 2 -5 -2.5 0 0 0 0 0 3 1
2012 28 SF 16 41 548 5 61 13.4 9.0 12 1 1 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2013 29 SF 15 52 850 13 84 16.3 10.1 15 4 1 1 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
2014 30 SF 14 26 245 2 50 9.4 4.9 2 0 0 0 0 1 4 4.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2015 31 SF 3 8 109 0 15 13.6 7.3 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Age is determined on September 1st of each season.

Vernon Davis Fantasy/Red Zone Stats
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  Fantasy Points Per Game Receiving Stats Red Zone Targets Rushing Stats Red Zone Runs
Year Age Team G Standard PPR 0.5 PPR Rec/G Yds/G In20 In10 In5 Att/G Yds/G In20 In10 In5
2008 24 16 3.1 5.0 4.0 2 22 4 - - 0 1 0 - -
2009 25 16 10.9 15.8 13.3 5 60 13 6 4 0 0 0 0 0
2010 26 SF 16 8.3 11.8 10.1 4 57 13 7 3 0 0 0 0 0
2011 27 SF 16 7.2 11.4 9.3 4 50 10 4 2 0 -0 1 1 0
2012 28 SF 16 5.3 7.9 6.6 3 34 5 3 3 0 0 0 0 0
2013 29 SF 15 10.9 14.3 12.6 3 57 19 10 3 0 0 0 0 0
2014 30 SF 14 2.6 4.5 3.6 2 18 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0
2015 31 SF 3 3.6 6.3 5.0 3 36 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Age is determined on September 1st of each season.

Vernon Davis – Playing Time Overview

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Offensive Snaps in 2015

Vernon Davis was on the field for 189 of his team's snaps on offense in 2015.


Special Teams Snaps in 2015

Vernon Davis was on the field for 0 of his team's snaps on special teams in 2015.

Year Off ST
2013 752 0
2014 766 0
2015 189 0
Vernon Davis 2015 Game Log
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  Snap Count Receiving Rec Distance Rushing Fumbles Kick Ret Punt Ret Red Zone Targets Red Zone Runs
Week Opp Off ST Rec Yards TD Tar Avg 20+ 40+ Att Yards Avg TD Tot Lost Yds TD Yds TD In20 In10 In5 In20 In10 In5
1 Min 72 0 3 47 0 6 15.7 1 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
2 @Pit 84 0 5 62 0 7 12.4 1 1 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
3 @Ari 33 0 0 0 0 2 0.0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
4 GB
5 @NYG
6 Bal
7 Sea
8 @StL
9 Atl
10 BYE Bye Week
11 @Sea
12 Ari
13 @Chi
14 @Cle
15 Cin
16 @Det
17 StL

A blank stat line is used above whenever a player was not on the field for any plays in the game that week.

Measurables Overview for Vernon Davis  (View College Stats & News)
As Compared To Other Tight Ends
Height:   6' 3"
Weight:   250 lbs
40-Yard Dash:   4.38 sec
Shuttle Time:   4.17 sec
Cone Drill:   7.00 sec
Arm Length
Not Available
Hand Length
Not Available
Vertical Jump:   42 in
Broad Jump:   128 in
Bench Press:   33 reps
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Vernon Davis: Past News Updates   ( ▲ View most recent update )

Davis is inactive for Sunday's game against the Packers.

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Davis is listed as doubtful for Sunday's game against the Packers, ESPN's Rob Demovsky reports.

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Davis was expected to return to practice Friday, but the 49ers listed him as a non-participant for the third consecutive day. He probably felt discomfort in his knee while preparing for practice, and he now has little chance to play in Sunday's game. The 49ers are left with Vance McDonald (knee), Garrett Celek and Blake Bell at tight end, with no clear leader among the bunch.
Davis (knee) will return to practice Friday, with his availability for Sunday's game depending on how the practice goes, ESPN's Paul Gutierrez reports.

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Davis missed practice Wednesday and Thursday, but his injury isn't thought to be serious. He no longer inspires confidence in owners when fully healthy, so even if he plays, he'll be a tough sell for Sunday's game.
Davis (knee) did not practice Thursday and his status for Sunday's game against the Packers doesn't look promising, according to the San Jose Mercury News.

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Davis (knee) didn't take part in Wednesday's practice, the 49ers' official site reports.

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Davis suffered a minor knee strain Sunday at Arizona, but the 49ers are taking no chances with their starting tight end, keeping him out of drills to start the week. If absences continue, though, head coach Jim Tomsula may have to turn to Garrett Celek and Blake Bell, as fellow TE Vance McDonald is dealing with his own knee injury. As the week continues, Tomsula and company could clear up Davis' availability.
Davis (knee) is dealing with a strain that isn't believed to be serious, Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee reports.

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Davis suffered a minor knee injury during Sunday's blowout loss to the Cardinals, the San Jose Mercury News reports.

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Davis is questionable to return to Sunday's contest at Arizona due to a knee injury, Matt Maiocco of CSN Bay Area reports.

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Davis rebounded from his head-scratching underuse in 2012 to tie his career high in touchdowns last season and total his most receiving yards in four years. The increased production was in part a result of the absence to Michael Crabtree, who missed 11 games to injury and was limited when he returned. Davis' 84 targets accounted for 23.6 percent of the team's, third most among tight ends. A career-high 21.4 percent of his targets (18) came beyond 20 yards, as he led the position with 16.3 yards per reception and 10.1 yards per target, finishing second to Jimmy Graham (13) with 10 catches of 25-plus yards. He also saw a career-high 19 red-zone targets (10 inside the 10-yard line) where he scored eight touchdowns (second to Graham's 11). But the Crabtree situation was a double-edged sword as Davis also became the No. 1 focus of defenses. He was held to less than 35 receiving yards in six games, totaling 12 catches for 94 yards and three scores. Add a missed Week 3 due to a hamstring injury and Davis delivered next to nothing for nearly half the season. Even if Davis loses a few touchdown opportunities this year, perhaps a healthy Crabtree will attract enough defensive attention to allow Davis more consistent weekly production. A more robust passing game from Colin Kaepernick will help too -- the 49ers were last in attempts in 2013, and Kaepernick's 58.4 completion percentage ranked 31st. The eight-year veteran has probably lost a step since posting a 4.38 40 at the NFL Combine, but Davis is still plenty fast to blow by linebackers. And at 6-3, 250, he's still a matchup problem for most defensive backs. One of the league's most athletic players and one of its most durable tight ends, Davis is still a plus option.


Davis is not only one of the league's most athletic tight ends – he's one of its most athletic players. Davis has the speed (4.38 40) of an elite wide receiver, yet he's as big and strong as a linebacker. The size and speed combination makes him an almost impossible matchup – Davis averaged 9.0 YPT, second highest among starting tight ends. Coach Jim Harbaugh's explanation for Davis' criminal underuse during the last two regular seasons is that Davis is the primary focus for opponents. That will especially be the case this year after Michael Crabtree suffered what could be a season-ending Achilles' tendon injury in minicamp. Without Crabtree, Davis likely will see more targets, but unless defenses sell out to stop Colin Kaepernick’s read-option, Davis figures to be blanketed most games. Keep in mind, however, that Kaepernick has the arm strength to get the ball to Davis further down the field and in tighter spaces than the more conservative Alex Smith ever did.


Davis saw two more targets and caught 11 more passes last year than in 2010, yet his yardage dropped by 122, and he had one fewer touchdown. Much of the difference appears to stem from his yards after catch, which dropped from a position-high 457 in 2010 to 346 last season (7th). Perhaps defenses devoted more coverage his way. Or maybe he ran more routes to the sidelines … or maybe it was just a coincidence. It’s a bit perplexing, especially considering his 292-yard performance on 10 catches in the playoffs, which included 119 YAC. Inside the red zone, Davis’ targets dropped to nine (from 13) thanks in part to the 17 targets that went Michael Crabtree’s way. Davis is still arguably the most durable tight end in the league, playing a full 16-game slate each of the last four seasons. And he fits the definition of a “physical freak” with the complete package of size, speed and agility. But despite all his talent, keep in mind he’s never had a 1,000-yard season, which makes his ceiling somewhat limited. The 49ers’ receiving corps also figures to be the deepest Davis has seen since he entered the league, with Crabtree coming off a 72-catch season and the addition of Mario Manningham (and Randy Moss is attempting a comeback too).


It was too much to expect Davis to repeat his 130 targets from his 2009 breakout season, but even though he had 37 fewer looks his production was still impressive, more so considering San Francisco's spotty quarterback play. At 6-3, 250, Davis remains one of the league's most athletic tight ends. In fact, he might be the perfect combination of strength, size and speed for the position. Linebackers are no match for his quickness, and he’s big enough to outmuscle smaller corners and safeties. These advantages resulted in a tight-end-leading 16.3 YPC. Davis did much of the work himself, using his athleticism to make defenders miss for a position-leading 457 YAC – half of his receiving yards. He led all tight ends with 16 receptions of 20-plus yards, showing his ability to stretch the defense and make plays downfield. While Michael Crabtree (100 targets) stole some of Davis' opportunities, Davis received 13 red-zone targets for the third time in four years, helping him score seven touchdowns, fifth among tight ends. Davis is also durable, playing every game the last three seasons. Alex Smith returns at quarterback after signing a one-year deal and Davis will be a top option in the passing game, especially from in close.


Last season was a tale of two quarterbacks for Davis, who thrived after Alex Smith took over for Shaun Hill. Through the first five weeks of the season playing with Hill under center, Davis saw only one target inside the 10 yard-line and three touchdowns. Over the last 11 games with Smith at the helm, Davis was targeted eight times inside the 10 and scored 10 touchdowns, including in six of the final seven games. Another advantage of Smith was his ability to get Davis the ball down field. After catching one target of 25-plus yards from Hill, Davis caught seven 25-plus-yard targets from Smith, turning three of those into receptions of 40-plus yards. If you extrapolate his averages with Smith over a 16-week season, Davis would end up with about 70 more yards and one or two more scores. His 13 touchdowns last year tied Antonio Gates’ record for most touchdowns in a season by a tight end, and his 174.5 fantasy points led all tight ends. He was one of only three tight ends with at least 130 targets.

Davis’ athleticism is off the charts. The fastest player on the San Francisco roster, Davis ran a 4.38 40-yard dash as a rookie at the NFL scouting combine, yet at 6-3, 253, he’s still big enough to take on linebackers. Only 26, Davis will have a full offseason to practice with Smith, which should improve their already stellar chemistry.


Davis’ production dropped off across the board in 2008 – with two less touchdowns and 21 fewer receptions than the previous season, despite playing in two more games. On a positive note, his offensive coordinator, Jimmy Raye, has publicly stated he expects Davis to be “a major part of what we do.” Davis’ talent has never been in question, as he used his athleticism to record two catches of more than 40 yards last year, the only tight end to do so. He’ll also head into the season with arguably the best quarterback he’s had in San Francisco with Shaun Hill calling the signals.


Davis has suffered through leg and knee injuries, which limited his production during his first two seasons. Perhaps more limiting, however, has been the team's poor quarterback play. Despite those obstacles, Davis managed to finish 14th with 74.9 fantasy points last season. Davis has good size and phenomenal speed for the position, and he should see more opportunities in 2008 as San Francisco brought in offensive coordinator Mike Martz to invigorate the passing game. Martz promises to use Davis creatively – including lining him up in the slot and out wide at times.


Davis, who missed a big chunk of last season with a broken fibula, likely will become a bigger part of the 49ers offense in 2007, especially with Eric Johnson no longer around. Even though the 49ers added Darrell Jackson to bolster their receiving corps, Davis ran inside and outside routes during May minicamp, suggesting he could line up at wideout this season. His 13.3 yards per catch last season would have been good for third at the position had his 20 catches qualified him among the league leaders. Davis had 42 targets last season, with half of those coming in the last four weeks when he was finally healthy.


Selected sixth overall in the 2006 NFL draft, Davis will compete with Eric Johnson for the starting tight end job, and both likely will have value. At rookie mini-camps, Davis split out wide in some formations and will do so during the regular season. There is little in the way of competition at wideout, so we’re likely to see both Davis and Johnson get extensive opportunities. Davis, who goes 6-3, 254 with blazing 4.38 speed, should be a very difficult matchup for opposing defenses, but the Niners’ offense as a whole needs to improve, or red zone opportunities could be few and far between.