The 49ers can't afford for tight end Vernon Davis to be just another guy this season. He was so-so in 2011 and 2012, but San Francisco needs him to be the guy, much like he was in 2009 and 2010. Anquan Boldin is a solid target and has reportedly been schooling defensive backs in camp. But it is Davis who has the most game-breaking ability among the team's proven receivers. And it sounds like he has been showcasing that ability in camp.
According to Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee, Davis had the catch of the day during Tuesday's practice, and "Davis has been the perfect match for (Colin) Kaepernick's ever-improving long ball, and he has been by far the most consistent deep threat ...."
Offensive coordinator Greg Roman added to the good buzz today, stating that Davis has "really taken it up to a new level."
There is some pressure on Davis to be the 49ers' go-to receiver until A.J. Jenkins, Quinton Patton or one of those unproven WRs can become a trusted option. It's good to hear about Davis and Kaepernick connecting down the field after doing so little of it late last season. I think Davis is a top-three TE, perhaps top two if Rob Gronkowski suffers a setback.