The San Francisco 49ers are set for training camp to begin at the end of the month. But before the team can defend its NFC West division crown this upcoming season, let’s take a look at the depth of each position group on the roster as they prepare for camp. Tight ends are up next.
RETURNERS: Vernon Davis (seventh season), Delanie Walker (seventh season),
Veteran tight end Justin Peelle held down the team’s third tight end spot in 2011 but wasn’t re-signed this offseason. Nate Byham, a sixth-round pick in 2010, missed all of last season with a knee injury but has enjoyed his return to the field this offseason. Byham sees his blocking and receiving skills meshing well with how the 49ers utilize tight ends. Byham is also the only other tight end with regular season experience (five catches, 27 yards as a rookie). Konrad Reuland and Kyle Nelson have practice squad experience; Garrett Celek is the only rookie in this year’s group. Reuland enjoyed a great deal of practice reps this offseason and felt like he greatly benefitted from a full offseason under Jim Harbaugh and the 49ers coaching staff. With offensive coordinator Greg Roman working closely with tight ends coach Reggie Davis, the group worked on some eye-catching drills that were hard to miss on the practice fields.
In six seasons, Davis has posted seven, 100-yard career receiving games which is the most by a tight end in franchise history.
“Vernon Davis is having an outstanding offseason, everyday just getting better at route running. Every facet of the tight end position he’s really excelling at right now.”
-Offensive coordinator Greg Roman on Davis’ offseason progress.