Davis caught all six of his targets for a season-high 68 yards Sunday against the Bears. The Broncos' coaching staff kept talking about getting Davis more involved in the passing game and it finally came to fruition Sunday with Brock Osweiler under center in place of the injured Peyton Manning (foot/ribs). However, he wasn't the only tight end to get in on the action, as Owen Daniels caught four of five targets for a team-high 69 yards, as both got more looks thanks to Emmanuel Sanders' (toe/finger) absence. It's still too early to tell if Sanders will be available in Week 12, or if Manning will return too for that matter, but the increase in usage for Davis is certainly encouraging from a fantasy perspective.
Davis had two catches on four targets for 19 yards Sunday against the Chiefs. Davis went catchless in his Broncos debut in Week 9, and while he was more active Sunday, he's still not much of a fantasy producer. Quarterback Peyton Manning had the worst game of his career, completing five of 20 passes for 35 yards and four interceptions before getting pulled, and it's possible that backup Brock Osweiler could get the start in Week 11 against the Bears if Manning's ribs and foot injury are too painful to continue playing through. If that's the case, Davis' familiarity may take some more time before he has a bigger fantasy impact.
Davis failed to catch his only target during his Broncos debut Sunday against the Colts. The Broncos haven't gotten a ton of production from their tight ends this season, and while Davis continued that trend Sunday, Owen Daniels exploded for six catches on nine targets for 102 yards and a touchdown after failing to reach even 45 yards in a game this year. Davis will continue to work his way into the offense, but his upside is likely limited in the short term as he gets accustomed to a new offense.
Davis is slated to be active for Sunday's game against the Colts, the Denver Post reports. The recently-acquired tight end is still learning the Broncos' playbook, so how much of a factor he'll be in his debut with the team remains to be seen, but down the road, Davis should emerge as a valuable target for QB Peyton Manning.
The 49ers have traded tight end Vernon Davis to the Broncos, ESPN.com reports. Per the report, in return for Davis and a 2016 seventh-round draft pick, the Broncos will send the 49ers sixth-round draft picks in both 2016 and 2017. Davis, who has recorded 18 catches for 194 yards in six games for the 49ers this season, could see his fantasy value boosted by the deal, though the Broncos also roster fellow tight ends Owen Daniels and Virgil Green, so an immediate impact in his new uniform is hardly a lock. Still, given Davis' experience and athleticism, he could provide QB Peyton Manning with another reliable target in the 7-0 Broncos' passing attack.
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