Back in early November, the Denver Broncos sent some late round picks to the San Francisco 49ers for veteran tight end Vernon Davis. Expectations were high for Davis, but he has been a huge disappointment since. In nine games with the Denver Broncos, he has 20 receptions for 201 yards.
However, he has had multiple big and awful drops in key moments for the Broncos. Most notably drops late in the fourth quarter against the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Oakland Raiders. The Broncos would go on to lose those games, and Davis's catch could have been a game changer.
Since the Pittsburgh game in week 15, Davis has not recorded a reception for the Broncos. This past weekend in the game against the Steelers, Davis only played one down for the Broncos.
While it looks like Davis has fallen out of favor for the Broncos, Denver Broncos Head Coach Gary Kubiak says that he expects Davis to help us out.
"He’s doing fine. Vernon is doing fine. He’s been a real pro, obviously, the last few weeks. He hasn’t been as involved as he was a couple of other times during the year. I’m proud of Vernon. We’ve asked a lot of him. He came in here, learned a new system. He was working with [QB] Brock [Osweiler] for a few weeks now he’s working with Peyton, so there’s been some adjustments there, but he’s fine. He’s working hard. He’s ready to go and I expect him to help us out."
With the New England Patriots coming to town this weekend, the Broncos should find a way to utilize Davis in their offense. He can do things that Owen Daniels and Virgil Green cannot do.
His athleticism makes him a weapon down the seam for quarterback Peyton Manning. Also, Manning has always relied on a tight end in years past, so it would make sense for Davis to get some extra looks.
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