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SANTA CLARA -– Tight end Vernon Davis for the first time on Wednesday expressed displeasure with his role in the 49ers’ offense.
In comments to reporters, Davis expressed his desire to be catching passes -– and not just fill a role as a blocker.
“I look at myself as a playmaker, not just someone who is blocking,” Davis said.
Davis caught two touchdown passes in the first quarter of the 49ers’ season-opening victory over the Dallas Cowboys in the season opener. Since then, he’s been a non-factor in the 49ers’ passing game. On the season, Davis has 25 catches for 236 yards and two touchdowns.
“As far as not getting the ball, that’s up to the offensive coordinator,” Davis said. “It’s his call.”
If Davis is upset about his role, 49ers offensive coordinator Greg Roman does not seem to know about it.
“We’ve had a very, very strong relationship,” Roman said on Thursday. “And, sure, we want him to get involved and there have been opportunities for that, but it’s just something we’ve got to work through.
“He’s done a tremendous job, though, of dealing with that fact, the certain circumstances and really, really applying himself. Like he’s blocked. He’s blocking right now as good as he’s ever done. What does that tell me about him as a professional? What does that tell me about him as a teammate? Man, it tells me everything I need to know because he’s had some really tough duty as far as blocking goes.”
Added Roman, “So, what does that tell you about Vernon Davis? It tells me everything I need to know.”
Roman said the 49ers often give Davis the most difficult blocking assignment. He will be required, at times, to block a defensive end, and Roman said he also has fulfilled his responsibilities with some difficult angles to get to the man he’s in charge of blocking.
“I can’t tell you how proud I am of Vernon since the moment I met him,” Roman said. “Just what a professional he’s grown into, and if anything, he’s really being a great leader with how he is handling positives and negatives that come along. So, like I said, he has spoken volumes to me with how he conducts himself.”