Niners contemplate moving tight end Veron Davis to wide receiver

6/21/13 in NFL   |   Mia781   |   953 respect

FanIQ | Sports Rumors, Gossip, Blogs, News & Discussion ForumsMichael Crabtree’s Achilles tendon injury opened up questions at the San Francisco 49ers receivers unit this offseason as they try to figure out a replacement with Crabtree expected to miss the next six months rehabilitating from the injury. While looking for solutions at the position the San Francisco 49ers have sprung a creative idea that may require moving tight end Veron Davis to wide receiver this season.
According to multiple reports, Veron Davis practiced with the wide receiver during the San Francisco 49ers’ most recent minicamp. While the San Francisco 49ers could always go with an in-house guy, they don’t have many experienced options at outside receiver. At first thought, A.J. Jenkins and Ricardo Lockette’s names come to mind as possible options fill the opening at outside receiver, but both players have a combined two career receptions. Former Baltimore Ravens receiver Anquan Boldin doesn’t seem to fit outside as well since he’s a much better option in the slot.
Moreover, Veron Davis has the speed to get vertical top play at the position. Also, it’s worth noting that the San Francisco used a second-round pick on tight end Vance McDonald in April’s draft, and he could be used in the offensive line while Veron Davis plays outside.
While Veron Davis may not be a lock to line up at outside receiver, the San Francisco 49ers haven’t been wasting their time having Veron Davis practice his wide receiver skills. They want Veron Davis to be as prepared as possible to take up whatever role the teams throws his way this season.
After all, Veron Davis has been an offensive weapon for the San Francisco 49ers since being selected sixth overall in the 2006 NFL draft. Veron Davis has led the team in receiving yards at least twice during his season. He ranked only behind Michael Crabtree in receiving yards during the 2011 and 2012 seasons.
Although Veron Davis caught a total of six receptions for 61 yards and no touchdowns over the final six games of the 2012 season, he turned that around in the postseason. Veron Davis caught 12 receptions for 254 yards and a touchdown in the San Francisco 49ers’ three-game playoffs run to Super Bowl XLVII.
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