49ers TE Vernon Davis practiced exclusively with the wide receivers during minicamp, leading to speculation he will take on a different role with Michael Crabtree sidelined by an Achilles injury.
"If coaches want to line me up there, we'll see," he said.
"I'll do whatever the coaches ask me to do. If statistics come, it's cool. But ... My true identity is within the team. I never doubt myself. That's how I live."
In 28 games where he's received at least three targets over the last two seasons, Davis has averaged 4.3 catches on 6.1 targets for 63 yards and 0.57 TD per game. Those are fantasy TE3 numbers per our 2013 projections. His FP/T in these 28 games was an eye-popping 1.59. With Michael Crabtree out for most of the season, the 49ers will likely have to lean on Davis in the passing game. For more on Senior Editor John Paulsen's take on Davis, please see this article from late May.