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Anthony Davis: All About ‘Winning’

Posted Aug 5, 2013

Anthony Davis continues to improve each day at 49ers training camp.

Anthony Davis continues to improve each day at 49ers training camp. He also continues to put team goals ahead of personal goals.

Davis’ offensive coordinator appreciates the strides he sees on a daily basis from his right tackle.

“I really think Anthony is coming into his own as a professional, really took strides last year and continues to,” the 49ers offensive coordinator said on Monday. “I really like his attitude, approach and his consistency.”

The fourth-year pro continues to improve from the challenge of facing Ahmad Brooks in every team drill.

“When you’re going up against guys,” Roman began, “it’s iron sharpening iron. When you’re going against an Ahmad Brooks, Aldon (Smith), Justin (Smith) – that just makes you better as an offensive lineman. I can’t emphasize that enough, how important that is. I think our guys understand that.

“They really compete to help make each other better.”


Davis has thrived on the competitive challenge of protecting Colin Kaepernick from pass-rushers like Brooks.

“I think we make each other better,” the 6-foot-5, 323-pound offensive tackle said of his matchups with Brooks. “Going up against an athlete like that every day, it can’t do anything but help.”

Davis has also felt the continuity on the offensive line benefitting his play on the field. For the first time of his career, Davis will line up to the same right guard (Alex Boone) for consecutive seasons.

With the 49ers approaching the team’s preseason opener this Thursday night, Davis is eager to face a different opposition. Although Brooks has provided a strong challenge, Davis looks forward to competing against a different uniform.

“It’s going to be nice hitting guys that aren’t wearing red and gold,” Davis said. “I’m looking forward to it.”

Davis, 23, is still one of the youngest starters on the 49ers. He doesn’t really feel the need to overly share wisdom with younger teammates, even if he’s the team’s 2012 Bobb McKittrick Award winner and has started all 48 regular season games of his career.

Davis commented that he didn’t do very well in his first preseason blocking assignment against Robert Mathis of the Indianapolis Colts back in 2010.

“I don’t know if they want advice from me about first games,” Davis said. “My first game didn’t work out pretty well as a rookie. But all you can do is keep working.”

Even without over-the-top pep talks from Davis, the right tackle stressed that the young offensive linemen appear to be improving each day.

“All the young guys are picking up on their stuff, fast, and bringing it on the field,” he said.

As for Davis, glowing praise from the offensive coordinator and an offseason contract extension through 2019 bodes well for the young tackle reaching his ultimate goal.
Asked about reaching the Pro Bowl this season, Davis scoffed at the notion and stressed what matters most.

“I’d rather win now,” he said. “It’s more about winning. Joe (Staley) has been to the Pro Bowl, we talked about it. It’s nice to go to the Pro Bowl, get selected for anything that’s held with high esteem, but we’re out there to get a ring.”


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