“When I saw him yesterday, I didn’t even know that was Colin,” Davis said Friday after the final day of the first week of the 49ers’ offseason program. “Seriously, he was working on his drop-back. ‘Who was that?’ You guys are in for a treat. He looks like a totally different guy.”
Kaepernick spent 10 weeks at the beginning of the offseason in Arizona working on his mechanics with private quarterback coach Dennis Gile. He also spent about one day a week on the mental aspect of the game with two-time NFL MVP Kurt Warner.
“I feel like there’s been quite a bit of change,” Kaepernick said. “Obviously, it’s noticeable. Vernon said something to me right away when we started throwing. But I just want to do everything I can to make sure I’m getting better and doing my part to help this team win.”
Neither Kaepernick nor Davis spoke specifically about the mechanical changes, but Kaepernick said everything he did was aimed at becoming a better quarterback to enable the 49ers to win more games.
It was reported earlier in the offseason that the team planned to utilize Kaepernick’s running ability to a greater degree. Kaepernick ran the ball 12 more times in 2014 than he did in 2013 for an additional 115 yards, so it's not like he abandoned the scramble. It sounds like it's more about utilizing the read-option as a larger part of the offense. If that's the case, it could be a boon to Kaepernick's fantasy value. He was the #14 QB in 2014 after finishing #9 the season before, though his overall production only dipped by 11 fantasy points. He's a bounce-back candidate provided new OC Geep Chryst can design an offense that can move the ball. Chryst previously served as the OC for the Chargers in 1999 and 2000, but his offenses ranked 26th and 28th overall in that span. Any gains that Kaepernick can make as a thrower will only help his overall value.
He'll join a receiving corps that already includes Sammy Watkins and Percy Harvin, so targets may be tough to come by, especially when the Bills go run-heavy under OC Greg Roman and HC Rex Ryan. Roman's (lack of) usage of Vernon Davis while with the 49ers is not a good sign for Clay. In Miami, Jordan Cameron gets a boost as the Dolphins' primary tight end. Clay was #10 in targets per game (6.0) last season. Cameron could be even more involved than Clay.
The deal is reportedly worth $38 million over five years with $20 million guaranteed. Clay's targets would be affected if he stayed in Miami after the Dolphins signed Jordan Cameron. If he ends up with the Bills, he'll join a receiving corps that already includes Sammy Watkins and Percy Harvin, so targets may be tough to come by, especially if the Bills go run-heavy under OC Greg Roman and HC Rex Ryan. Roman's (lack of) usage of Vernon Davis while with the 49ers is not a good sign for Clay.
Harvin will have a chance to rehab his image if he can behave and produce in Buffalo. He'll play third fiddle to LeSean McCoy and Sammy Watkins in the Bills' offense, so he'll have WR3/WR4 value provided new OC Greg Roman figures out how to use him. Roman's track record of underutilizing talent (like Vernon Davis) isn't very encouraging.
Even after a down year that had the two-time Pro Bowl tight end rated as a “bad” player in a joint ESPN NFL Nation/Pro Football Focus project last month.
“Absolutely, absolutely,” Niners general manager Trent Baalke told a group of Niners reporters Tuesday, per the Bay Area News Group, at the NFL combine in Indianapolis when asked if he envisioned Davis on the team next season.
Davis is a talent, but the team didn't do a good job of using him last season. His 50 targets were his fewest since 2008, and his usage was way too low considering he has finished in the top 8 at his position in four of the last six seasons. He was targeted just once in the red zone after seeing 20 red zone targets in 2013. It's up to new OC Geep Chryst (formerly the team's QB coach) to get Davis more involved in the offense.
Friday, December 5, 2014, 6:38pm
Broncos TE Julius Thomas (ankle, questionable) took limited practice reps all week and is questionable for Week 14. Per the Denver Post, Thomas “ran pass routes during the open viewing session, more activity than he had shown earlier in the week.” But there is “no guarantee” that he returns this week, so owners should get a Plan B ready since the Broncos play in the late round of games. Scott Chandler, Tony Moeaki, Anthony Fasano, Vernon Davis, Mychal Rivera, Tim Wright, Brent Celek, Levine Toiolo or either of the Green Bay tight ends play at the same time as (or later than) Thomas.
“I just feel like he’s ready to break out. I really do. You use the old olive jar analogy. The olives are packed in there real tight and you open up the lid and you can’t get any to come out. You can even dump it upside down and it doesn’t come out. But if you get that one to come out, then they just want to all come out and plop out. So, I think that’s the case and I think it’s going to happen soon. Hopefully this weekend. Get that one big one and then they start coming out.”
Harbaugh has been asked repeatedly this week about Davis's lack of production, so he may be focused on getting his talented tight end going (or at least cognizant that he hasn't been producing). The matchup with the Redskins is favorable. Owners in need of a dart throw could do worse than Davis, who is one of the most talented tight ends in the league.
“I think the bye week was a great opportunity for me to try and work on a couple of things and get healthy,” Davis told reporters on Thursday. “It was pretty good for me overall.”
Davis said his speed has returned this week at practice. Greg Roman also has witnessed a determined pass-catcher.
“He’s got a very focused glare when it comes to what he wants to accomplish from here on out,” the team’s offensive coordinator said.
Davis is currently our #12 TE for Week 9. He hasn't done much since Week 1 thanks to a few nagging injuries, most recently a back injury. He should perform better down the stretch.
49ers tight end Vernon Davis said he chose to play on Monday night in St. Louis and that he felt poorly during the game. How does number 85 feel entering Sunday night? "Much better," he said. "But it's pretty brutal on the body. It's a quick turnaround, so you have to on your game mentally."
Friday, October 17, 2014, 6:20pm
49ers TE Vernon Davis (back, probable) took full practice reps all week and is probable for Week 7. It looks like Davis is getting closer to 100 percent. The 49ers may need him to keep up with the Broncos on Sunday.
Thursday, October 16, 2014, 6:18pm
49ers TE Vernon Davis (back) practiced fully Wednesday. It looks like Davis is getting closer to 100 percent. The 49ers may need him to keep up with the Broncos on Sunday.
CB Tramaine Brock (toe)
T Anthony Davis (knee, ankle), TE Vernon Davis (back), C Marcus Martin (knee), LB Nick Moody (hamstring)
CB Chis Cook (quadricep), DE Tony Jerod-Eddie (shoulder), DE Ray McDonald (knee), DT Ian Williams (ankle), P Andy Lee (right ankle), DE Justin Smith (not injury related)
CB Trumaine Johnson (knee), CB Brandon McGee (foot)
DT Alex Carrington (knee), LB Jo-Lonn Dunbar (groin), C Barrett Jones (back), RB Chase Reynolds (hip)
Davis was limited in practice all week and is a big question mark heading into Monday night. If Rams TE Jared Cook is available in your league he may make for a solid, last-minute option since it looks like Davis is headed for a game-time call. For the Rams, Britt and Stacy are probably, but it will be a tough matchup for Stacy and the Rams running attack.
Friday, October 10, 2014, 6:13pm
49ers TE Vernon Davis (back) took limited practice reps Thursday. Davis may be able to play, but the Monday night kickoff makes for a dicey situation for fantasy owners. Jared Cook would be a quality Plan B. Even Lance Kendricks would work as a (uninspiring) fallback option.
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