Vernon Davis hasn’t had the same production since Colin Kaepernick took over as quarterback this year. However, he understands his role in giving the team the best chance to win.
In his last seven games, he has seven receptions for 105 yards. Davis has failed to record a touchdown since Week 10 against the Chicago Bears. Delanie Walker on the other hand has 263 receiving yards and two touchdowns in the last seven games.
Despite falling off statistically to end the 2012 regular season Davis made an impact during the eight-play, 93-yard touchdown drive against the Packers. He beat A.J. Hawk and had a 44-yard reception that put the 49ers on the 15-yard line. The 49ers would score two plays later as Frank Gore ran it in for the touchdown. That drive turned a 31-24 lead into a 38-24 cushion in the fourth quarter.
It isn’t as if Kaepernick didn’t see him as Davis was targeted five times against the Packers which included two times in the first quarter. Davis said plays just don’t always go the way the team envisions it.
“The coaches are calling my number, but the plays just don’t come open,” said Davis. “We look at film. They change it up when they play us. They called my number probably five or six times tonight and none of them worked, or maybe one of them did. But all of them should have been big.”
Kaepernick threw a pass intended for Davis but he ended up throwing a pick-six to Sam Shields in the first quarter. Davis had a 58-game streak of at least one reception snapped this year when the 49ers faced the New Orleans Saints. In response to his decrease in production, he said teams are finding ways to double team while other are getting open. He is happy to be the team player in seeing others have success when defenses cover him.
“The route [Crabtree] scored on, the first one when he came underneath, I was supposed go out and [Crabtree] comes inside,” said Davis. “It all works hand in hand. I’m not mad at that at all. If I’m on the field and they are doubling me and leaving someone open, I can have that all day.”
Crabtree finished with nine receptions for 119 yards and two touchdowns against the Packers. The Falcons loaded up to stop the Seahawks’ run game in the divisional round, opening space up for tight end Zach Miller to catch eight passes for 142 yards and a touchdown.
With the 49ers running the ball well on the Packers last week, the door is open for Davis to make plays. The Falcons will need to keep their eyes on both Frank Gore and Colin Kaepernick if they choose to run. This should open up the passing game with Roman’s offense and we could see more of him on Sunday.