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QB Nate Davis continues to flash for 49ers

Posted on: August 23, 2010 10:41 am
 
NBC commentator Cris Collinsworth characterized it here better than I ever have.

While working the 49ers-Vikings game last night as part of Sunday Night Football, he gushed about the physical skills of San Francisco's third-string quarterback.

"I don't know what else you have to see out of Nate Davis," Collinsworth said. "This young man... his feet are quick, his release is quick, he's seeing the field, he's not hesitating and he's got a rocket."

Davis completed 7 of 16 passes in the second half against the Vikings. His throws included a 60 yard bomb to Ted Ginn, Jr. (which traveled a full 65 yards in the air and drew a John Elway-comparison from Collinsworth), as well as intermediate routes (slant, drag).  

Davis, a star at Ball State who completed 60.4% of his passes for 9,233 yards for 74 touchdowns against only 22 interceptions, was, in my opinion, one of the 2009 draft's most underrated passers and a personal favorite . As Al Michaels noted during last night's telecast, Davis elected to leave Ball State after his junior season and had only one team show up at his Pro Day. That team was the Indianapolis Colts , the team whose headquarters was physically closer to the Ball State campus than any of the other 31 NFL teams.

Davis starred at Ball State while wearing a glove on his throwing (right) hand. Wearing gloves didn't seem to hurt Kurt Warner's success, but nonetheless Davis was questioned by many for wearing it. He elected to get rid of the glove during his throwing session at the 2009 NFL Combine. I, along with a handful of other media, was allowed in to watch Davis and the rest of the quarterbacks throw.

I focused on Davis and noted then , that after starting erratically, he again demonstrated his strong arm and beautiful deep passing touch. 

As ESPN's Mike Sando notes , 49ers head coach Mike Singletary acknowledged the "flashes" Davis shows on the field, but he's been less than impressed so far with Davis' work ethic.

"I really like the kid, there is a lot to like about him, but there is a work ethic that’s involved in terms of being a quarterback in the NFL and he’s got to get it, it’s as simple as that," Singletary said. "I'm pulling for him, I’m hoping, but so far it’s inconsistent."

Davis' work ethic I don't know enough to intelligently comment on. However, as I noted on this blog following Davis' Pro Day in which only the Colts showed. 

The film doesn't lie. Davis can play.

Comments

Since: Feb 21, 2009
Posted on: August 24, 2010 5:36 pm
 

QB Nate Davis continues to flash for 49ers

Davis has excellent physical tools and is an impressive passer. However, he has a documented learning challenge that includes, or stems from, dyslexia. He will always tease people by appearing to be a better quarterback that those ahead of him in the depth chart, but he probably cannot carry the burden of a starter. This may have been best demonstrated by his meltdown in his final few college games.



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