Vernon Davis had a miserable season in 2012 with Colin Kaepernick at quarterback for the 49ers. He had a tough time dealing with the arm strength and zip that Kaepernick put on the ball. Davis was more comfortable with the feathery touch of Alex Smith and when Kaepernick took Smith’s job, Davis’s offense went by the wayside.
Except for the first game together against the Bears, where Davis caught six passes for 83 yards and a touchdown, Kaepernick and Davis did not have nearly the rapport that Kaepernick had with his favorite receiver, Michael Crabtree. Crabtree was Kaepernick’s go-to-guy in 2012 but with his torn Achilles injury in the off-season, it became crucial that Davis needed to develop a relationship with Kaepernick and become that number one option.
In week one against the Packers, Davis had that rapport with Kaepernick, catching six balls for 98 yards and two touchdowns as the 49ers topped the Packers, 34-28. No longer was Davis a ghost in the 49ers offense but a focal point. He was constantly getting open against the Green Bay defense, which had all their attention on Kaepernick. Davis got open early and often as a result and became a major factor in the red zone.
In 2012, the red zone was a huge problem for the 49ers, scoring touchdowns 55% of the time. I don’t know how many times I saw David Akers trot out there last season to kick a 30 yard field goal and with the season Akers had last year, they didn’t always go in. So seeing Davis score two red zone touchdowns in the first game of the season was definitely a welcome site for all 49ers’ fans.
Davis should have an even bigger impact in this week’s game against the Seattle Seahawks. All the Seahawks defense will see all week is Colin Kaepernick had a great game against the Green Bay Packers, throwing for over 400 yards and three touchdowns. Or Anquan Boldin was named NFC Offensive Player of the Week after catching 13 passes for 208 yards in his 49ers’ debut. All their attention will be drawn to those two guys and Davis should not be on their radar. As a result, Davis should have a huge game as the 49ers continue their quest for six.