Vernon Davis Fantasy News

49ers Beat: Team 'promised' Vernon Davis would be 'bigger part' of offense

Friday, August 28, 2015, 10:55pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

49ers beat writer Paul Gutierrez: Coming off a 13-TD catch season in 2013, Vernon Davis was a forgotten man in the Niners' offense last year. He was not targeted in the red zone once after kickoff weekend. So why should we keep an eye on the 10th-year tight end this season? Because he is in a contract year, he was re-dedicated to the team this offseason – he did not “hold out” from OTAs and minicamps this summer as he did last year – and the Niners not only promised he would be a bigger part of the offense this year but, well, they need him. It has the makings of a perfect fantasy storm for the Niners ... in good way.

Fantasy Impact:

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. Davis has reportedly looked fast in offseason activities. Given his 15th-round ADP, he's a very cheap lottery ticket at the tight end position.

49ers QB Colin Kaepernick displays nice touch on a 'variety of different throws'

Wednesday, August 12, 2015, 11:33pm

CSN Bay Area - [Full Article]

49ers QB Colin Kaepernick appeared to show his most progress with touch on his passes throughout the day. And he finished strong with his final throw resulting in a 21-yard touchdown to Vernon Davis along the back line of the end zone between the tight coverage of cornerback Tramaine Brock and safety Craig Dahl.

During a 7-on-7 drill, Kaepernick displayed a variety of different throws. He lofted soft passes to running back Reggie Bush and rookie tight end Blake Bell for scores. And he drilled a throw to Anquan Boldin between the coverage of Shayne Skov and Corey Lemonier.

Fantasy Impact:

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 bounceback 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 (due to his offseason work with QB coach Dennis Gile and former Rams/Cardinals QB Kurt Warner) will only help his overall value.

49ers TE Vernon Davis showing off his 'trademark wheels' in camp

Saturday, August 8, 2015, 12:33am

49ers.com - [Full Article]

Offensively, Vernon Davis had a busy day to say the very least. When he wasn't connecting on crossing routes with Colin Kaepernick in 7-on-7 and 11-on-11 periods, the most tenured player on the roster displayed his trademark wheels in the middle of practice.

Undrafted rookie quarterback Dylan Thompson placed a perfect pass down the right seam where only Davis could make a play on the ball. The 49ers tight end ran past inside linebacker Shayne Skov to catch a 40-yard touchdown pass in impressive fashion.

Not only was Thompson's lofted throw placed right into Davis' waiting arms, but it was a great sign of the tight end's ability to get behind the defense in what will be his 10th season with the 49ers.

Fantasy Impact:

Davis is a bounceback candidate now that he's playing for a new offensive coordinator who may better utilize his skillset. He's 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. Davis has reportedly looked fast in offseason activities. Given his 15th-round ADP, he's a very cheap lottery ticket at the tight end position.

Sunday, August 2, 2015, 9:37am

ESPN - [Full Article]

Some 49ers notes from Saturday's practice:

- QB Colin Kaepernick had an uneven practice, but when he was on, the results were pretty. Such as the time he hooked up with WR Torrey Smith deep down the right side, beating Marcus Cromartie on a particularly nice throw. But Kaepernick also seemed to revert on a couple of passes, such as the deep ball down the left side that wobbled as it approached Bruce Ellington, giving Kenneth Acker time to react and knock it down. Smith also had an acrobatic one-handed grab on a Kaepernick out pass to the left sideline.

- Someone who did not necessarily shine? Tight end Vernon Davis, who had a drop and also a miscommunication with Kaepernick. Davis was still running in the middle of the field and looking toward the end zone as the ball landed at his side.

- Running back Reggie Bush was held out by coach Jim Tomsula after the rookie coach saw the 10th-year veteran getting in some extra stretching. "I'm not going to wait to see Reggie tired and (then) give him a break," Tomsula said. "He's been doing this for a long time. Our goal is to not get Reggie tired. He's in shape."

Sparano: Vernon Davis still 'very, very explosive'

Sunday, July 26, 2015, 2:16pm

CSN Bay Area - [Full Article]

Vernon Davis is looking for redemption in 2015, and new 49ers tight ends coach Tony Sparano believes he's fully capable of it.

Sparano, a former NFL head coach, who spent last year as the Raiders' interim head coach, was blown away by the athletic specimen Davis still is at age 31.

“I’d like to drink from the same fountain as Vernon drinks from because he’s not a 31-year-old athlete,” Sparano said, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. “This guy takes care of his body, he can really run, he’s athletic and still very, very explosive."

Fantasy Impact:

Davis turned in the worst performance of his career last season, catching just 26 balls for 245 yards and two touchdowns in 14 starts. As a result, Davis comes in at just 26th on our TE list this year. He's going very late in 12-team leagues with an ADP of the 14th round. If you're league uses two TEs, or even a TE flex, Davis may be worth a flier that late in drafts, but right now we list plenty more potential better options at the position.

Bills could have big plans for TE Charles Clay

Monday, July 13, 2015, 10:18am

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

The Bills made several big moves this offseason, including hiring Greg Roman to be their offensive coordinator and signing tight end Charles Clay away from the Dolphins as a restricted free agent.

“This offense right here is tight end heaven,” Bills TE MarQueisGray said, via the Buffalo News. “We move around so much that we really play receiver, slot, we play everything but running back. You could line up at any of those spots — that’s the best part about this offense.”

Tyler Dunne of the Buffalo News points out that this would represent a change in roles for Bills tight ends from the recent past and the $24.5 million that Clay will make over the next two years suggests that the team is set on making him a key part of their offense.

Fantasy Impact:

Vernon Davis had a poor 2014 season, but he was used heavily while lining up in a variety of spots during Roman’s time with the 49ers, the story said. Gray added the Bills are making similar plans for Clay and the other players at the position heading into the 2015 season. Clay isn't getting a lot of draft attention right now, and he's down our list at 31st. It's a situation to monitor heading into camps as we're not quite as optimistic right now.

Cosell: 49ers will 'try very hard' to get TE Vernon Davis more involved

Saturday, June 20, 2015, 11:11am

49ers - [Full Article]

Greg Cosell of NFL Films discussed the 49ers' offseason:

People tend to forget with Colin Kaepernick, because he had such great success early, that he's only been a full-time starter for two years. He's still a young quarterback, he's still learning the craftsmanship of the position and the subtleties of the position. With a new coordinator, I think Geep Chryst, my sense is, I think he'll try and be a little more expansive and explosive with the pass game. So I'm anxious to see that. I think they'll try very hard to get Vernon Davis back into it. So I think it's important for people to remember that Colin Kaepernick is still a young quarterback learning.

Fantasy Impact:

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 (due to his offseason work with QB coach Dennis Gile and former Rams/Cardinals QB Kurt Warner) will only help his overall value.

As for Davis, he's quite a bit better than the numbers he posted last year. 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.

49ers Beat: Tight ends will 'have a major role' in new offense

Tuesday, June 16, 2015, 12:02pm

Sacramento Bee - [Full Article]

49ers TE Vernon Davis had the worst season of his career last year, when he missed two games because of injury and caught only two touchdown passes. Both scores came in a Week 1 win over Dallas. The downfield catches that had been a staple of his career all but vanished as well. After averaging more than 16 yards a catch in 2013, he averaged a career-low 9.4 yards last year. His longest catch last season – 29 yards – also was the most modest “long” of his nine-year career.

“Whenever I’d run, like, my deep over routes, there was a safety sitting over there already,” Davis said. “It was just game planning. And nothing really ever opened up. But I wasn’t really ever a factor in the offense last year. ... The first game, yeah. But the second game, the tight ends (weren’t) really involved as a whole.”

After tinkering with multiple wide receiver sets throughout last season, the 49ers are returning to more traditional looks this year. There will be an emphasis on the running game. And tight ends again will have a major role.

Fantasy Impact:

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. Davis has reportedly looked fast in offseason activities. Given his 15th-round ADP, he's a very cheap lottery ticket at the tight end position.

49ers Beat: QB Colin Kaepernick 'decisively accurate' at minicamp, especially 'on the move'

Monday, June 15, 2015, 2:29pm

49ers.com - [Full Article]

49ers QB Colin Kaepernick was mostly on point throughout the minicamp. Sure, at times there were a few passes he'd like to have back. Kaepernick was intercepted twice in three days: Michael Wilhoite caught a deflected slant pattern; Jaquiski Tartt victimized Kaepernick on an end-zone pass to close out a situational two-minute drill. Other than those two passes, Kaepernick was decisively accurate with the football. Perhaps the most striking observation of the 49ers signal-caller was his accuracy on the move. One of the hardest throws to make is a rollout throw to the left for a right-handed quarterback. But not for Kaepernick. San Francisco's fifth-year quarterback is able to complete nearly every one of his rollout throws. Kaepernick used the three-day period to continue his chemistry with Smith as well as other prime targets like Vernon Davis and Anquan Boldin.

Fantasy Impact:

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 (due to his offseason work with QB coach Dennis Gile and former Rams/Cardinals QB Kurt Warner) will only help his overall value.

49ers TE Vernon Davis looking 'extremely fast' in OTAs

Tuesday, June 9, 2015, 8:34pm

CSN Bay Area - [Full Article]

“We’ve cleaned a lot of things up and made it more comfortable and friendly for players to be able to go out and make plays,” 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick said of the team's new offense.

After working on his throwing motion and putting touch on the deep ball this offseason, Kaepernick is grateful for the injection of speed brought by newcomers Torrey Smith, Jerome Simpson and Reggie Bush.

“They’ve been huge so far and bring a lot of speed to the field, bring a lot of deep vertical threat,” Kaepernick said.

And that’s not to mention tight end Vernon Davis, who has looked “extremely fast” stretching the field this offseason, according to HC Jim Tomsula.

Fantasy Impact:

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. Given his 15th round ADP, he's a very low-risk pick given his upside.

49ers TE Vernon Davis says that QB Colin Kaepernick 'looks like a totally different guy'

Saturday, April 11, 2015, 1:52pm

CSN Bay Area - [Full Article]

The makeover of Colin Kaepernick was so noticeable, tight end Vernon Davis wondered if his eyes were deceiving him.

“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.

Fantasy Impact:

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.

Dolphins moving on from TE Charles Clay

Thursday, March 19, 2015, 11:39am

Adam Schefter, Twitter - [Full Article]

Dolphins are NOT matching 5-year, $38 million offer sheet that Buffalo gave TE Charles Clay, per sources. Bills have a new TE.

Fantasy Impact:

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.

TE Charles Clay signed an offer sheet with the Bills

Tuesday, March 17, 2015, 7:32pm

Vic Carucci, Twitter - [Full Article]

The Bills have given an offer sheet that Charles Clay has signed. The Dolphins have 5 days to match.

Fantasy Impact:

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.

Bills sign WR Percy Harvin to a one-year deal

Friday, March 13, 2015, 3:56pm

Adam Schefter, Twitter - [Full Article]

Bills reached agreement on one-year deal with WR Percy Harvin, per source.

Fantasy Impact:

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.

GM Baalke: Vernon Davis will 'absolutely, absolutely' be back with the 49ers

Thursday, February 19, 2015, 9:52am

ESPN - [Full Article]

Not that there was ever really a doubt, but Vernon Davis figures to return to the San Francisco 49ers next season.

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.

Fantasy Impact:

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.

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