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06:57 AM ET 06.20 | Might a position shift be in store for Vernon Davis? It's worth noting that [Davis] participated exclusively with the wide receivers, not the tight ends, during the 49ers' past mini-camp. Do you think that means Davis will play more wide receiver this year? The Niners probably need him to play more wide out because their best receiver, Anquan Boldin, is a much better slot receiver than outside receiver at this stage in his career. During team drills, Boldin lined up in the slot the vast majority of the time. The 49ers need an outside receiver who can stretch the field, like Randy Moss and Mario Manningham did last season. Davis may be the best candidate on the roster to fill that role this season.

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June 20, 2013  07:29 AM ET

See where he lines up with pads on.

June 20, 2013  07:56 AM ET

He's big enough but maybe not fast enough.

June 20, 2013  08:33 AM ET

He ran a 4.38 40 at the Combine in 2006. That time would have tied him for 4th among the WRs at this year's Combine.

He only had 41 receptions last year - clearly this is just a way to figure out how to get him the ball more often, especially since Crabtree will be out. Last report I read is Crabtree is a month away from walking, let alone starting to run again.

June 20, 2013  08:36 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

He's big enough but maybe not fast enough.

The guy is 6'3", ran a 4.38 - 40 and weighs 250. I'd think that would be a pretty tough cover for most corners.

June 20, 2013  08:39 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

He's big enough but maybe not fast enough.

The Pats often split Gronk and Hernandez out wide.

Right now, I wonder if we'll have either of them on opening day...

June 20, 2013  08:51 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

The Pats often split Gronk and Hernandez out wide.Right now, I wonder if we'll have either of them on opening day...

You'll be fine. What's-his-face from the Rams will dominate the league this year.

June 20, 2013  08:57 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

The guy is 6'3", ran a 4.38 - 40 and weighs 250. I'd think that would be a pretty tough cover for most corners.

WR'S have their techniques down to a science. TE's usually chip and Have the LB trail em. We'll see

June 20, 2013  08:59 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

You'll be fine. What's-his-face from the Rams will dominate the league this year.

I hope so.

June 20, 2013  09:02 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

WR'S have their techniques down to a science. TE's usually chip and Have the LB trail em. We'll see

True, but I'd love to see him locked up with a corner for a jump ball. Gotta think he can block out the corner pretty good.

June 20, 2013  09:13 AM ET

Good Fantasy info.

June 20, 2013  09:33 AM ET

Dumb article... AJ Jenkins will be the one stretching the field this season for the Niners. This kid is ready to explode this year. Look out for him...

June 20, 2013  09:35 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

He's big enough but maybe not fast enough.

I don't know how fast he is today, but Davis coming out of Maryland was one of the fastest players (4.38, 40) in the 2006 NFL draft.

June 20, 2013  09:38 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

The guy is 6'3", ran a 4.38 - 40 and weighs 250. I'd think that would be a pretty tough cover for most corners.

You beat me to it, good comment. Davis ran a 4.38 40, the dude is good and very hard to cover!!!

June 20, 2013  09:41 AM ET

I doubt it. Not the same routes and reads and all. They make themselves weaker at TE and the blocking he does to hope he can do some at WR? Those CBs can run with him, it is not LBs and safeties he is running by now.

June 20, 2013  09:43 AM ET
QUOTE(#13):

You beat me to it, good comment. Davis ran a 4.38 40, the dude is good and very hard to cover!!!

I am always reading it takes 3 to 5 years for a WR to get it, if he does at all....

In June you can try anything, when September rolls around your true colors come out..

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June 20, 2013  10:43 AM ET

Let me start by saying that this observation and article was written by Grant Cohn who along with his father Lowell Cohn write for the Press Democrat. Neither one of them is liked by the 49er organization or 49er fans.

It is a noteworthy observation however. We will see if there is any substance to the observation and if in fact Greg Roman has a play in his playbook that uses Davis as a WR.

It has been 7 years since Davis ran in the combine so I'm sure those numbers are irrelevant, sort of, Davis is still a very fast TE , as a WR he would be as fast and bigger than most WR's in the NFL. What was weird about 2009 when Davis was drafted was that they drafted a 6'0" WR named Delanie Walker and made him a TE.

I have been begging the 49ers since 2009 to draft a bigger TE than Davis and try Vernon Davis at WR. They have drafted bigger TE's than Davis but neither TE ( Bear Pascoe or Nate Byham) lasted on the 49ers very long .

I don't know if the 49ers will ever position Davis at WR, I will bet you anything that they will have a bunch of plays using their 2 TE's Vernon Davis and Vance McDonald , McDonald is 6'4"/ 270 and is very fast with very good hands. McDonald is a favorite of Harbaugh who says McDonald reminds him of Mike Ditka and appropriately gave him the jersey number #89.

June 20, 2013  11:09 AM ET
QUOTE(#15):

I am always reading it takes 3 to 5 years for a WR to get it, if he does at all....In June you can try anything, when September rolls around your true colors come out..

The one part about being a WR that Vernon Davis does have down pat is being somewhat of a prima donna. I have always thought that he could play WR and is prototypical of a Terrell Owens type WR. They have the same speed, same body build ( Davis being 20 pounds heavier ), their receiving skills are about the same, neither has great moves that would fake CB's out of their shoes but both possess the ability to run over and away from a CB once they catch the ball, Owens was a good blocking WR, but Davis is better. The only other similarities is that Owens had The Catch #2, and Davis has The Catch #3.

June 20, 2013  11:11 AM ET
QUOTE(#18):

The one part about being a WR that Vernon Davis does have down pat is being somewhat of a prima donna. I have always thought that he could play WR and is prototypical of a Terrell Owens type WR. They have the same speed, same body build ( Davis being 20 pounds heavier ), their receiving skills are about the same, neither has great moves that would fake CB's out of their shoes but both possess the ability to run over and away from a CB once they catch the ball, Owens was a good blocking WR, but Davis is better. The only other similarities is that Owens had The Catch #2, and Davis has The Catch #3.

Damn, very good comment, good job!!!! :-)

 
June 20, 2013  01:56 PM ET
QUOTE(#6):

You'll be fine. What's-his-face from the Rams will dominate the league this year.

Only thing I see him dominating is the injury report.

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