The All-Pro tight end’s focus is square on the Green Bay Packers. How will the 49ers first opponent attempt to limit him in the teams’ regular season opener on Sunday at Candlestick Park?
“These guys, I’m pretty sure they’ll try anything,” Davis said before Thursday afternoon’s practice. “They’re very creative over there. They have been planning for us, I’m sure.”
Davis, of course, caught a touchdown pass from then-San Francisco quarterback Alex Smith and against the Packers this time exactly a year ago, in the team's 30-22 victory in the 2012 opener. That was when Green Bay sill had defensive back Charles Woodson, who frequently was assigned to cover Davis unless linebacker A.J. Hawk was tracking the imposing pass-catcher down the middle of the field.
It didn't matter that Davis caught six passes for 83 yards and a score when Kaepernick made his first NFL start in Week 11 last November. Obervers liked to point out Davis' lack of big-time games before the postseason commenced as evidence of broken communication lines with his new quarterback.
"From my time there last year, it didn't seem Kaepernick and Vernon Davis had a rapport,” Moss said on a conference call on Wednesday. “They haven't shown that yet.”Typically diplomatic, Davis responded on Thursday.
“He’s an analyst. That’s his job, to critique our offense and say whatever it is that he feels is right,” Davis said of Moss. “My opinion is totally different than what he’s seeing.
“I feel like me and Colin are on a different level than we were last season. Think about it: If a quarterback steps in, it takes some time to learn his receivers. It’s predicated on timing… This training camp, we’ve had more than enough time to build on what we started.”
Onlookers at practices would be quick to agree. Davis' 60-yard haul-in from the right arm of Kaepernick to open team drills on Aug. 11 is hard to forget.
From OTAs and offseason minicamps to camp and the preseason, Davis has been working alongisde Kaepernick -- and with 49ers receivers. He estimated he only worked with the receivers group in practice about five times during the 2012 offseason but has done much of his work with the likes of
That has allowed him to "detail" his routes. Listed at 6-foot-3 and 250 pounds, Davis has said he feels he's in the best possible shape to cut in and out. Previously, Jim Harbaugh has said Davis appears leaner and faster.
“The only way to really tell is if I get out, start the season," Davis said, "and really pull away from guys.”
Doing so after snatching a Kaepernick-thrown pass would silence outsiders' talk.