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49ers move tight end Vernon Davis to receiver for minicamp

By John Breech | CBSSports.com

Tight end Vernon Davis played exclusively at receiver during the 49ers' most recent minicamp. (USATSI)
Tight end Vernon Davis played exclusively at receiver during the 49ers' most recent minicamp. (USATSI)

Vernon Davis the tight end could soon be Vernon Davis the wide receiver. The veteran tight end played exclusively at wide receiver during the 49ers' most recent minicamp, according to the Santa Rosa Press Democrat.

With Michael Crabtree, the team's leading receiver in 2012, sidelined for at least six months thanks to a torn Achilles, the 49ers don't have many experienced options at outside receiver. San Francisco has two players, A.J. Jenkins and Ricardo Lockette, who can play outside, but Lockette and Jenkins have a combined two career receptions.

As the Press Democrat notes, former Raven Anquan Boldin isn't the answer either because he's a better fit in the slot.

Davis has been a weapon for the 49ers since the team chose him sixth overall in the 2006 NFL Draft. The 29-year-old has led the team in receiving yards two times in his seven-year career (2009-10) and finished second on the team twice (2011-12). In both 2011 and 2012, Davis finished second only to Crabtree in receiving yards.

If Davis does make the move to receiver, he'll want to make sure his relationship with quarterback Colin Kaepernick is more like it was in the 2012 playoffs than the 2012 regular season.

Over the final six games of the season, Davis only caught a total of six passes for 61 yards and no touchdowns. That all changed in the playoffs, though, where Davis had 12 receptions for 254 yards and a touchdown in the 49ers' three-game run to Super Bowl XLVII.

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