SANTA CLARA — Vernon Davis was interviewed next to his locker Thursday afternoon. Here’s a transcript.
Q: Did the Bye week come at the right time for you?
VERNON DAVIS: I think the Bye week was a great opportunity for me to work on some things and try to get healthy.
Q: How is your health?
VERNON DAVIS: I feel good, I feel good. Of course with injuries, they’re always lingering around. But, for the most part, I feel pretty good. I feel like I can do a lot of things well at the moment.
Q: Hurdle defenders?
VERNON DAVIS: Possibly.
Q: For your standards, your numbers are way down. Obviously, you missed a couple of games. Has that been frustrating?
VERNON DAVIS: Whenever you set goals for yourself and you can’t reach them because of some injury or something weird happens, it’s always frustrating. But the thing that I can take from it is there are always trials and adversity that you have to face. You can learn and grow from it if you approach it the right way. I’m just thankful to be here and thankful that I get another opportunity to perform again on Sunday.
Q: Did you get a chance to check out Marcus Lattimore in practice yesterday?
VERNON DAVIS: You know what, I had a chance to see him in warmups after practice. He looked really, really good. Very impressed on his ability to go out there and do some of the things he did yesterday. He looks explosive, quick. Looks like Marcus Lattimore.
Q: Did you follow his college career?
VERNON DAVIS: I saw some highlights on him. I didn’t really follow him but I saw some highlights and I know what he can bring to the table.
Q: The Rams traded for safety Mark Barron. How does that change your preparation?
VERNON DAVIS: I know in our room, as far as tight ends, we try to break down every player. Vance McDonald might get a guy, and he’ll share with us and we’ll take notes on him. I will have my guy and I’ll share with the rest of the group. And that’s the way we do it. We bring it together collectively and there’s some information based on due diligence that we were able to come up with.
Q: Now that you’re feeling healthy again, do you want to reestablish yourself as a big downfield threat? Are you healthy enough to do that?
VERNON DAVIS: I definitely feel healthy enough to be able to run. It’s all about getting out there and just going. Not thinking. Just reacting and just playing the game of football. I think the last couple games I’ve just been thinking so much, worried about the injury, cloudy mind. It’s tough. To me, I felt like I was a warrior for going out there even though I was banged up really bad. I will do whatever it takes to help my teammates win, just being out there, blocking for Frank, running downfield being a decoy, whatever it is, I’ll do it.
Q: Whose responsibility is it to come up with a scouting report on Mark Barron?
VERNON DAVIS: Um…
Q: Was it you?
VERNON DAVIS: No, not me. I’m not sure, I’m not sure. I don’t think anyone had him. I think Coach Mangini probably will break him down and share him with the rest of us.