Tight end Vernon Davis of the San Francisco 49ers was recently voted by the players in the NFL as the 51st-best player in the league. This is Davis’s fourth appearance on the list. He is the third-ranked tight end on the list, which seems to be the perfect place for him.
Many believe that Davis is too high on the list, but his impact on the 49ers’ offense is irreplaceable. He does a lot of things that don’t show up in the stat sheet, and he makes life easier on the rest of his teammates. Unlike many high-profile tight ends, Davis has the ability to block as well as being a top-tier pass catcher. He finished last season with 52 receptions, 850 yards and 13 touchdowns.
Davis is the only 49ers player who can take the top off of the defense, and when Davis does that, it makes the underneath passes to Anquan Boldin to Michael Crabtree a lot more easier to complete. Having a threat like Davis also impacts the running game as it has to keep safeties from cheating down in the box due to his ability to run past them.
Davis is currently upset about his contract, but at the end of the day, he has a legitimate argument. I know many people may have their qualms about Davis, but when looking at his numbers in a run-heavy offense, it shows how elite he really is. I don’t believe that Davis was ranked too high on the list due to his impact and versatility. What are your thought’s on Davis’ ranking?