Vernon Davis has been blessed with athletic, freakish talent and ability. He's 6'3, 235 lbs. He ran a blistering 4.38 40, faster than most RBs and WRs at his combine, and was touted as the top TE prospect of the 2006 draft. Well after three dissapointing years in the NFL, is he finally going to live up to the hype? Let's look at his numbers after 1/4 of the year has progressed.Targets:
He is currently tied in 6th place, with Jason Witten, Heath Miller and Brent Celek with 27 targets. He is averaging just under 7 targets a game.Receptions:
He is tied with Owen Daniels and Kellen Winslow in 7th place with 17 receptions. It's interesting to note that he isn't capitalizing on all his targets. Heath Mille (24 rec.), Jason Witten (23 rec.) and Brent Celek (22 rec.) have all done more with their looks. This could mean that Vernon hasn't reached his ceiling yet, or he just doesn't have as good of hands as the previously mentioned TE's
. I'm inclined to go with both.Yards:
He has 211 yards on the season. Good enough to land him 6th place in this category. He is outperforming some big names such as Owen Daniels and John Carlson, not by much though. It is also interesting to note he is one yard shy of tying Jason Witten (212 yards) for 5th place.Touchdowns:
He currently leads all TE's with 3 TD's. This is probably the most appealing aspect of Vernon. As soon as a can get a list of Red Zone targets ill post the statistics.FF Points:
Last but not least, Vernon is ranked 3rd in fantasy football points (standard scoring). Only Dallas Clark and Antonio Gates have more points than him.
Well, its safe to say Vernon Davis is exceeding everyone's expectations. He is on pace to finish the year with 68 catches for 844 yards and 12 TD's. The addition of Crabtree, IMO, will help to free up some space over the middle for Vernon to do his dirty work, although Crabtree can end up stealing some of Vernon's RZ thunder. All in all I am excited to see how Vernon produces for the rest of the year. He has a good matchup vs. ATL this week who are ranked 22nd against the TE.