SANTA CLARA -- Tight end Vernon Davis made two third-down receptions in the fourth quarter on Sunday. And twice he came up short of the first-down markers.
On the first play of the fourth quarter, Davis caught a 4-yard pass on a third-and-5 situation. The 49ers punted on the next play.
Later, he had a 5-yard reception on a third-and-6 play. The 49ers ended up converting the fourth down on Frank Gore’s 3-yard run.
CSNBayArea.com asked Davis about those plays after the 49ers' 17-13 victory over Washington:
You had two plays, third and short, do you have to run past the chains to make sure you get that first down? What’s the design?
“Just 5 to 6 yards. Five yards and I can’t go any deeper than that. Just turn around and look for the ball. If there’s pressure on side, probably shorten it up and turn around and get my head around, so Colin can get it off.”
So the design isn’t to find the sticks and make sure . . . ?
“No, it’s not really . . . it depends on where you are. You got to get your depth.”
Davis caught three passes for 21 yards in the game after a busy week of practices. He said he definitely figured into offensive coordinator Greg Roman’s game plan, but things did not turn out as planned.
“In practice this past week, especially Friday, I probably caught about 15, 16 balls in that one practice,” Davis said. “It’s been a long time since I had that many balls in practice. I think they did a good job, as far as trying to get me in the game plan. Some of the plays didn’t work out. It’s just like anything. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t. Nothing is guaranteed. Tomorrow is not guaranteed, that tells you a lot right there.”