Are the 49ers skimping on Vernon Davis?

There’s been a lot of debate lately about whether the 49ers should pass the ball more to Vernon Davis.

Here are some stats to help inform the discussion:

Last season, the 49ers targeted Vernon Davis on 21 percent of their passes. They targeted Michael Crabtree 25 percent of the time.

This season, Crabtree is still receiving a quarter of 49ers the targets, but Davis’ target percentage has dropped to 17 percent.

Davis averages 10 yards per target. Crabtree averages 7.4.

Davis has been targeted 30 times. Mario Manningham has been targeted 31 times, and Crabtree has been targeted 46 times.

Week 6 against the Giants, four Niners were targeted more times than Davis, who was targeted three times: Manningham (9 targets), Crabtree (5), Gore (4), and Williams (4).

Week 7 against the Seahawks, six Niners were targeted more times than Davis, who was targeted no times: Crabtree (5), Gore (5), Williams (4), Moss (3), Hunter (2), and Walker (1).

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