The 49ers have one involuntary event before training camp – a minicamp from June 17-19. Will Vernon Davis attend the mandatory camp? He offered an answer that was expertly vague.
“I might be there,” he said, smiling. “I might not. It’s mandatory. I probably should be there. We’ll see.”
Davis finished the season as the #2 TE, but his numbers took a dip after Michael Crabtree returned to the fold. Davis averaged 3.8-62-.90 on 6.1 targets without Crabtree in the lineup. After his return (and including three playoff games), those numbers fell to 2.4-35-.75 on 4.6 T/G. Those are still top 10 numbers at the position, but Davis simply isn’t a no-brainer top 5 pick with Crabtree in the lineup. Davis has a history of being underutilized in the 49ers’ run-heavy offense, and that’s a possibility again in 2014. The potential holdout is just another red flag.