Why 49ers TE Vernon Davis Will Bounce Back In 2015

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There is no question that San Francisco 49ers TE Vernon Davis had one of his worst seasons statistically last year. A player who one year earlier set career-highs with 13 touchdowns while boasting a 16.3 yards per catch average, it was a head-scratcher at best on why Davis wasn’t used more consistently in the team’s passing game last year. However, I believe that will all change now that 49ers HC Jim Tomsula is running the show.

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Davis continues to be one of the best tight-ends in the NFL simply due to his skill set. At 6-3, 250, it’s hard to miss a target that size. Not to mention, Davis still has the sub 4.3 speed to separate from linebackers and defensive backs at will, there is no doubt in my mind that he won’t have a bounce back season in 2015.

One player who will greatly help Davis’ turnaround season is five-year veteran WR Torrey Smith. No longer can defenses play a single-high safety against the 49ers offense as Smith has the speed to make them pay on go-routes. Something that was missing since WR Terrell Owens left in 2004, Smith will open up things in the middle on those underneath routes and that’s where I see Davis excelling as he can help Kaepernick on those crossing digs, short quick-slants and five to seven-yard out-routes.

https://youtu.be/jloashD3Flg Under new 49ers OC Geep Chryst, you can be sure he will use Davis in a multitude of ways. Whether lining up as an H-back out of the backfield to being spread out wide as a wide-receiver to lining up in trips formation, you can bet your house that Davis will be a focal point of the offense once again in 2015 especially in red-zone opportunities. You can’t coach size and Davis has proven over the course of his career that he is an absolute animal when it comes to red zone opportunities.

In 2013, Davis enjoyed one of his best seasons where he recorded 52 catches for 850 receiving yards, and 13 touchdowns. Look for that trend to continue this year as I believe Davis will not only bounce back but return to his Pro-Bowl form as I predict him to finish the upcoming season with a stat line around 56 catches for 905 receiving yards and 10 touchdowns.

With the 49ers not showing their cards during the preseason, that will obviously change Week 1 against the Minnesota Vikings and that’s when Davis will go off, as I believe he will have a big receiving day while scoring a touchdown in the process.


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