TE Vernon Davis - Washington Redskins
|6-3, 253||Born: 1-31-1984||College: Maryland||Drafted: Round 1, pick 6|
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Recent Game Summaries
2015 Week 20 vs NE (1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
For all the hype that accompanied the acquisition of Vernon Davis - and there was a lot - he has been a tremendous disappointment. Unable to create any separation or catch the ball when he does, Davis was on the field for just 10 of 68 offensive plays. He was targeted once in the first quarter on a tight end seam route but had the ball knocked away by safety Devin McCourty. Davis got involved hand fighting with McCourty and that delayed his chances to break away and allowed the safety to remain in good defensive position.
2015 Week 15 vs PIT (3 / 1 / 5 / 0 rec)
With only three targets, Vernon Davis saw little action as an outlet receiver against the Pittsburgh Steelers. His lone five-yard reception was of little note, and once again the defining image will likely be of Vernon Davis getting wide open on a desperation, late-game, long-yardage conversion only to drop what should be an easy reception; this time, a pass 20 yards downfield on 3rd-and-16 in a tied game with Denver backed up against their own goal line.
2015 Week 14 vs OAK (9 / 7 / 74 / 0 rec)
Clearly becoming more comfortable in his new home, Vernon Davis took over as one of Brock Osweiler's favorite targets against the Oakland Raiders. Davis was largely dependable, but had a few puzzling lapses in judgment, including back-to-back receptions in the first quarter where Vernon Davis ended his run by turning back towards the line of scrimmage and trying to reverse field, costing Denver several yards in the process. Aside from an apparent abundance of faith in his own athleticism, Davis was a consistent outlet for Osweiler. He also stretched the field vertically on occasion, drawing two rare deep targets; the first was a 23-yard gain to set Denver up in the red zone, and the second was a horrible, crushing drop deep down the field with no defenders in sight. The fact that the drop came on 4th-and-5, with Denver down by 3 and under 4 minutes remaining, only magnified the error.
2015 Week 13 vs SD (3 / 2 / 25 / 0 rec)
Vernon Davis saw a little bit of usage against the San Diego Chargers before suffering a concussion on the final play of the first half. Davis did not play after halftime, and Denver's running game seemed to decline without his steady blocking on the field.
2015 Week 12 vs NE (2 / 2 / 10 / 0 rec)
Continuing to play heavily in two-tight-end sets, new Bronco Vernon Davis was primarily used as a blocker against the New England Patriots. While his versatility ensures playing time, he is not a consistent weapon in the passing game.
2015 Week 11 vs CHI (6 / 6 / 68 / 0 rec)
The receiving and blocking flexibility of new Bronco Vernon Davis gave Denver the opportunity to run more 2- and 3-tight-end sets, helping get their running game going while still remaining a threat to pass. Indeed, Davis led the Broncos in receptions against the Chicago Bears, and finished one yard behind the team lead in receiving yards. A reliable target over the middle, Davis twice converted 3rd-and-4 plays for the Broncos. His longest gain of the day came on a really nicely designed screen where he slipped behind three onrushing defenders and then showcased his speed, outracing them for 18 yards.
2015 Week 9 vs IND (1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Less than a week after signing with the Broncos, Davis was hardly involved in the passing game plan, drawing just a single target and spending the bulk of his snaps blocking.
2015 Week 8 vs LA (8 / 6 / 24 / 0 rec)
Coaches featured Davis heavily in the game plan, ostensibly as a way to showcase him for potential trade partners. Four of his targets came on one drive, which ended with San Francisco scoring its final points of the day. The first target was a quick slant on third down. The second, which also gained a first down, was on a shallow crossing pattern. The last two came inside the Rams' 10-yard line, and both were clearly designed to get Davis the ball: a leak route and a shallow cross, both after a play-action fake.
2015 Week 7 vs SEA (6 / 4 / 61 / 0 rec)
After weeks of dealing with injury, losing playing time to Garrett Celek, and being the subject of trade rumors, Davis somehow re-emerged as a focal point of San Francisco's passing game. He gained almost all of his yardage on plays where he found supermassive green holes in Seattle's zone coverage. Indeed, on his 27-yard third quarter reception, he ran uncovered down the seam. Other receptions came on uncovered crossing routes and plays in which he sat down between two zone defenders in the middle of the field. Also of note: He didn't drop any passes!
2015 Week 6 vs BAL (1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Regarding the fact that Celek started over him, it's important to keep in mind that Davis is recovering from a knee injury, so it's possible that the 49ers wanted to ease him back onto the field -- especially with their bye coming up after Thursday night's game against Seattle. That said, Davis was virtually absent in the pass attack. And the one time Kaepernick did throw his way, he badly underthrew it his way.
2015 Week 3 vs ARI (2 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Both of Davis' targets were intercepted; both were the result of underthrown passes. With the game completely out of reach after the second one, San Francisco decided to give Davis some much-needed rest. (He had played nearly every offensive snap the first two weeks.)
2015 Week 2 vs PIT (7 / 5 / 62 / 0 rec)
Once again Davis played nearly every snap of the game and was used primarily as a run blocker until the score became lopsided in Pittsburgh's favor: Six of his seven targets came with San Francisco losing 29-3 or worse. Davis' lone highlight of the game was a 43-yard reception at the end of the third quarter, but it was due to a blown coverage that left him wide open about 20 yards downfield along the right side line. He was so wide open that nearly all of his 24 yards after catch on the play came without a single Steelers defender in the screen with him. One of Davis' targets was on fourth-and-1 inside the red zone, and two more occurred inside Pittsburgh's 30-yard line. Finally, it's worth noting Davis did not drop any passes this week.
2015 Week 1 vs MIN (6 / 3 / 47 / 0 rec)
One one hand, Davis was the most-targeted and highest-yardage receiver for San Francisco. On the other, 6 targets for 3 receptions and 47 yards isn't go to make him the most-targeted or highest-yardage tight end in fantasy leagues. There were a few glimmers of hope, however. Davis' first target of the game came on the 49ers first play inside the red zone. He was open on an out route, but Kaepernick threw the ball just out of his reach. His second target was on a deep post route on the next drive. He beat double-coverage, but again Kaepernick threw the ball just out of his reach. Later on, he was targeted twice on San Francisco's final scoring drive of the night, accounting for about half the drive's yardage. And although Davis has a reputation for dropped passes, and did drop one of his targets, the second reception of that final drive was an over-the-shoulder catch with an intermediate degree of difficulty. One final positive sign worth mentioning is that Davis only missed one snap the entire game. So if the 49ers are going to have any semblance of a viable fantasy passing game this season, he's nearly guaranteed to be involved.
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