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Vernon Davis Raves About Kaepernick

Posted May 28, 2013

The 49ers tight end and quarterback are committed to getting better and make sure to get the most out of every day at team headquarters.

Vernon Davis and Colin Kaepernick have a lot in common.

Both talented play-makers on the San Francisco 49ers love the game of football and both happen to be fitness fanatics. The two standout athletes are constantly looking to keep their bodies in top condition 365 days a year.

Davis is entering his eighth season with the 49ers. Kaepernick, on the other hand, is approaching his third year in San Francisco and first season as a full-time starter.

The 49ers tight end and quarterback remain committed to getting better on the field and make sure to get the most out of every training session at team headquarters.

Davis notices the strides made by his quarterback this offseason.

“I’ve definitely seen some growth,” the 6-foot-3, 250-pound tight end said. “He’s improved each and every day he’s walked on this campus.”

It takes a hard worker to know one.

“He likes to work he wants to be successful and he’ll do anything it takes,” Davis said.

The 49ers have recognized Kaepernick’s commitment to work and perhaps nobody understands it better than San Francisco’s head coach.

“Colin’s a great guy to coach because he wants to be great,” Jim Harbaugh said. “He wants to be good. He wants coaching. Therefore, it’s a joy to give him everything you have and work very hard as a coach to make him better.”

Harbaugh and the rest of the 49ers have appreciated Kaepernick’s commitment to the team and to his craft.

“As a coach it’s very hard to work for somebody else’s benefit when they’re not working the hardest for their own benefit,” Harbaugh added. “And that’s not Kap. Kap wants to be as good as he can be. Therefore, as a coach you want to give him everything you can.”

Davis, too, appreciates the work of his quarterback and believes such behavior is indicative of San Francisco’s hard-working locker room culture.

“I think with the leaders we have on this team, the young guys can come right in and just learn,” Davis said. “We have a lot of guys that lead by example. We have a lot of guys that lead vocally. That’s important on a team, especially when you’re trying to win and have good team chemistry.”

Davis’ primary role is to lead the tight end group by example. It’s a unit that includes second-round pick Vance McDonald.

So far, Davis has enjoyed what he’s seen from the Rice product.

“I think he’s a good asset to this team because of what he brings,” Davis said of the player who is competing to be San Francisco’s No. 2 tight end. “He can move really well for his size, best I’ve ever seen for a 270-pound guy.”

That’s high praise considering the source. Davis’ speed has allowed him to be one of the most lethal players at his position. Since 2009, Davis’ 31 receiving touchdowns rank third-most in the NFL by tight ends.

Stats, however, don’t mean everything to Davis. The 49ers tight end caught 41 passes for 548 yards and five touchdowns in 2012. Davis' stats might have been lower than in previous seasons, but he still continued his in-line blocking efforts which opened up huge running lanes for Frank Gore, Kendall Hunter, LaMichael James and even Kaepernick.

Davis didn't complain about his role in 2012 and is not using the media to ask for more attention in 2013.

Asked if he’d expect more production with Michael Crabtree sidelined with an Achilles injury, the 49ers tight end said he would carry out whatever the coaching staff has planned for the upcoming season.

“I don’t know what to expect, I’ll leave that up to the coaches,” Davis said. “All I can do is do my job and do what they ask me to do.

“I’m here to contribute in any form or fashion.”

Until the season begins, Davis will maintain his work ethic and look to share his passion for improvement with the rest of the roster.

“I’m not worried about the numbers,” Davis said. “I’m not worried about anything like that. I’m just here to do my job.”

For Davis, setting the example for the locker room is about as crucial as game-changing plays.

“You want to make sure you have those leaders in place so the younger guys can follow,” he said.


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