Speaking with Comcast SportsNet Bay Area’s Henry Wofford on 95.7 The Game on Thursday, Vernon Davis said he intends to take part in the 49ers’ mandatory minicamp next week in Santa Clara.
“You know what? I plan on being there,” Davis said. “I plan on being there.”
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, especially with the arrival of Stevie Johnson, who's likely to man the slot.