Listed as questionable for a return to the field, (TE) Vernon Davis is expected to play against the New Orleans Saints this weekend, according to Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee. Doctors have still yet to clear the Pro-Bowler tight end from his second concussion this year, if he is deemed unfit to play for tomorrow’s matchup against the Saints, the San Francisco 49ers could be staring at another consecutive back-to-back loss this season.
The Niners have decided to activate (TE) Derek Carrier to the 53-man roster, in order to solidify Greg Roman’s two tight-end packaging schemes. After sustaining an unfortunate concussion against the Carolina Panthers, the loss of Davis served a monumental blow to the 49ers’ aerial production. The rookie out of Rice University, (TE) Vance McDonald did have opportunities down the stretch where he was given the rock, but he just couldn’t capitalize on the ball. Carrier stands at 6’4 and weighs about 250 pounds; he entered the NFL as an undrafted free agent in the year 2012.
The native out of Wisconsin has spent the majority of his pro-football career playing on the practice squad (Oakland Raiders, Philadelphia Eagles, San Francisco 49ers). The 23-year-old played college football at Beloit (WI), recording 189 receptions for a total of 3,111 yards and 29 touchdowns. His resounding accolades include All-Midwest Conference honors and WFCA private college player of the year. Physically, factoring in his strength and size potential, he closely resembles Patriot’s tight-end Aaron Hernandez. Specialty-wise, Carrier stated that he is highly capable of running routes and catching passes; hopefully his blocking is up to par as well. There are now two tight-ends on the Niner roster who are trying to fill in (TE) Delanie Walker’s void.
Having Davis on the field would greatly entice the Saints’ defensive secondary, (Jan.14, 2012) after his unforgettable touchdown reception at Candlestick park in the last 9 seconds of the 4th quarter that led to the 49ers’ first playoff victory in the last nine years.
Expect the Saints to be just as physical for tomorrow’s contest against the red and gold; could a possible redemption statement be in place?
Can the 49ers’ provide an answer?
We’ll find out tomorrow.