Ex-49ers tight end Vernon Davis among Washington veterans still thriving

Ex-49ers tight end Vernon Davis among Washington veterans still thriving

SANTA CLARA -- When tight end Vernon Davis was drafted in 2006 by the 49ers, he showed ridiculous speed and athletic ability for someone of his 6-foot-3, 254-pound frame. 

Even though it remains uncertain if Davis will suit up against his former team due to being in the concussion protocol, Washington interim head coach Bill Callahan says that at 35 years, Davis still has the athleticism that sets him apart. 

“He’s been ageless in so many senses,” Callahan said. “To come out here at his age and to still play at a high level and still function, not only as a blocker in-line but to generate vertical speed down the field.” 

Back in the 2006 NFL Combine, Davis ran a 4.38 40-yard-dash, making him a unique prospect that would inevitably create mismatches on the field. The 49ers selected him as the sixth overall pick of the draft just one month later. 

Davis is currently ranked 12th of all active players in receptions (583) and receiving yards (7,562). Callahan believes Davis’ speed is still a trait that opposing defenders have to prepare for. 

“I think that was his strength coming out and it still remains his strength,” Callahan said. “So that’s something that he’s always possessed and maintained. I think that’s a credit to his operation. A credit to how he’s taking care of himself in the offseason.”  

Davis is not the only prominent veteran on the Washington roster. 34 year-old former first round pick Adrian Peterson is the team’s starting running back and 36 year-old Donald Penn is their starting left tackle. 

“These types of players that come onto your roster at a late time in their career, they still have it,” Callahan said. “You know they were first rounders when they came out. They are elite athletes.

“It’s kind of interesting to watch these guys over the years and watch them train and talk about their training in the offseason and where they go and they get to help them to these different levels of performance.”

In the first four weeks of the 2019 season, Davis caught 10 of his 19 targets for 123 yards and a touchdown before being held out of the last two games. While his stats may have decreased since he was a member of the 49ers, Callahan believes his skills are at an elite level. 

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“He’s unbelievably athletic,” Callahan said. “He gets down in the weight room he can still throw up numbers that he did as an early pro, and he can still run. That’s the amazing thing. Usually guys of that age and caliber, at some point in time, their skills diminish and they’re not able to function at that elite level. But he has shown that there’s no drop-off.” 

“He is ageless in that sense and he can win in a match up whether it’s a linebacker or it’s a safety. As long as he can keep winning those matchups, he will keep playing.” 

Joe Montana statue at Levi's Stadium defaced after 49ers-Seahawks game


Joe Montana statue at Levi's Stadium defaced after 49ers-Seahawks game

SANTA CLARA – The statue of legendary 49ers quarterback Joe Montana outside Levi’s Stadium was vandalized on Monday night following San Francisco's 27-24 overtime loss to the Seattle Seahawks, according to authorities.

Jorge Alberto Lopez of Santa Clara was booked into Santa Clara County Jail on a charge of felony vandalism, Santa Clara Police announced in a press release.

According to the report, a security officer at Levi’s Stadium witnessed Lopez grab the facemask of the statue and pull it off. The suspect was arrested at 9:50 p.m. on Monday.

The 49ers released the following statement on Wednesday:

“The Joe Montana statue that is part of the ‘The Catch’ art installation located inside the stadium’s Gate A plaza was vandalized following our recent Monday Night Football game. Security personnel apprehended the individual soon thereafter and the Santa Clara Police Department arrested the individual on felony vandalism charges. Crews have already begun repairs on the statue and expect work to be complete prior to Sunday’s home game. As this is an ongoing police matter, we will not have any additional comment.”

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The statue of Montana was dedicated last October and is accompanied by a statue of Dwight Clark making the leaping catch in the 1981 NFC Championship Game that lifted the 49ers to their first Super Bowl. The statue has since been repaired.

49ers' Nick Bosa suffered first loss in over two years vs. Seahawks


49ers' Nick Bosa suffered first loss in over two years vs. Seahawks

49ers rookie sensation Nick Bosa experienced something Monday night that the 22-year-old hasn’t faced in over two years.

He lost a game.

That’s right, the defensive end hadn’t suffered defeat prior to San Francisco's loss to the Seahawks on Monday night since his sophomore season at Ohio State.

That game was especially rough for Bosa, as he was ejected in the second quarter after a pretty blatant targeting penalty for a hit on Iowa's quarterback.

Bosa’s Buckeyes won the first three games of 2018 before he injured his knee and missed the final 11 games of his collegiate career.

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The 49ers hope to restart Bosa’s winning streak Sunday when they take on the Arizona Cardinals at Levi’s Stadium.