49ers' Vernon Davis might be getting wide receiver work
By Jimmy Durkin
Posted: 07/28/2013 06:13:56 PM PDT | Updated: a day ago
SANTA CLARA -- There was a time, during his college days at Maryland, that Vernon Davis wanted to play wide receiver, but his coaches told him he would be too big.
The 49ers tight end may end up getting his wish at times this season.
"I'm willing to step up and do whatever they ask me to do," Davis said Sunday. "They've been having me work with the wide receivers, line up with the wide receivers, pretty much all over the place."
Davis didn't see much work there Sunday, but considering the seemingly fragile nature of the 49ers receiving corps, it may not be long before the 6-foot-3, 245-pound Davis sees serious time split wide.
Leading receiver Michael Crabtree is already out with a torn right Achilles, and Mario Manningham is still recovering from torn ligaments in his left knee. Kyle Williams missed practice Sunday after injuring his hamstring the day before, and Ricardo Lockette suffered an injury to his right hip Sunday, although he returned to practice.
It could turn into a situation where Davis' talent is needed at receiver. The 49ers may have the depth at tight end, as second-round pick Vance McDonald and Garrett Celek both looked good in practice Sunday
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