It’s worth noting that 49ers Vernon Davis participated exclusively with the wide receivers, not the tight ends, during the 49ers’ past mini-camp.
The Niners probably need him to play more wide out because their best receiver, Anquan Boldin, is a much better slot receiver than outside receiver at this stage in his career. During team drills, Boldin lined up in the slot the vast majority of the time.
With no WR Michael Crabtree for most of the season, the 49ers need an outside receiver to stretch the field and Davis may be the best candidate on the roster at this moment. We finally saw signs of him connecting with QB Colin Kaepernick the end of last year and in the playoffs, and that should continue into 2013. We rank Davis 7th among TEs with an ADP of the 8th round. He could be a real bargain at that point in the draft at the TE position.