Tight end Vernon Davis stopped being an asset to the San Francisco 49ers, so they moved on from him. That doesn’t mean Davis became bad or anything like that, his time with the team was just up.
He needed a change of scenery, and I’m happy to see that he’s landed on his feet and is still playing well into his 12th season, now with Washington. On Wednesday, both Jay Gruden and Kirk Cousins spoke about Davis, who spent nine-plus seasons with the 49ers, and they were highly complimentary.
“He’s a team-first guy and still has the juice,” was what Cousins had to say. Gruden went into a little more detail, though.
“He’s an amazing person,” Gruden said. “He runs still as fast as anybody on our football team. He’s been a great weapon for us.”
Last year, Davis caught 44 of 59 passes thrown his way for 583 yards and a pair of touchdowns with Washington. In four games this year, Davis has eight receptions for 160 yards and a touchdown. He’s the second tight end behind Jordan Reed, but Reed has been dealing with injuries.
“He can still do everything you want him to do,” Gruden said.
It will be interesting to see how Davis does against the 49ers on Sunday. Reed played just 13 snaps against the Kansas City Chiefs in the team’s last outing, catchign three passes for 21 yards. He should see more looks against the 49ers, and that could mean we see less of Davis.