SANTA CLARA – Vernon Davis spoke in the media tent Thursday afternoon. Here’s a transcript.
Q: You’re old teammate, Randy Moss, said he wasn’t sure about the rhythm or rapport you have with Colin Kaepernick. Do you feel like you guys have something beyond what you had last year?
VERNON DAVIS: I do. I feel like me and Colin are on a different level than we were last year. When a quarterback just steps in, it takes some time for him to learn his receivers. That’s all based on timing. But we’ve been through minicamp, OTAs and training camp. We’ve had more than enough time to build on what we started.
Q: Randy’s not here anymore. Are you surprised at his thoughts?
VERNON DAVIS: He’s an analyst. That’s his job. His job is to critique our offense and say whatever it is that he feels it right. But my opinion is totally different that what he is saying. I think that we’re on a different level, for sure.
ME: You caught five or six passes from Kaepernick in the Super Bowl, but on the final four plays near the goal line Kaepernick didn’t once look your way. Have you been able to work on that in practice, or is that something you can practice in a pressure situation only?
VERNON DAVIS: That’s last year. I can’t even recall that situation. All I can remember is the work we put in throughout training camp, the work that we put in throughout minicamp. That’s all I can remember at the moment. I don’t look back. I continue to look forward. I can only worry about right now because we do today will set us up for the future. I’m very confident in Colin Kaepernick as well as him connecting with the rest of the receivers as well as myself.
Q: If you were an analyst, would you agree with Moss’ assessment just based on last season?
VERNON DAVIS: I don’t think you can base everything on what happened last year. A lot can change in six months. We’re talking about a whole season. This is a while back. Colin is a different man. Some of the things I learned this training camp, I didn’t learn last training camp. So, we’re in different places right now.
Q: How did the Packers play you?
VERNON DAVIS: They tried to bang me up a little bit. They put Charles Woodson on me when they went man-to-man and they just tried to take me away downfield, they would have A.J. Hawk drop back and a DB looking at me. They switch it up.
Q: Without Woodson, what do you anticipate on Sunday?
VERNON DAVIS: Hmmm. Don’t know. Not sure. I’m pretty sure they’ll try anything. They’re very creative over there.
Q: What specifically did you learn this offseason that you didn’t learn last offseason?
VERNON DAVIS: Route running. Working with the wide receivers. They really challenged me this training camp. Whatever I see them do, I try to do it better. That’s how you grow. That’s how you become a better player. Last year, I didn’t really work the wide receivers as much, maybe five times during training camp. But I’ve been working with them all training camp. I had a chance to really detail my routes and learn what they were doing.
Q: What’s your impression of Chris Harper?
VERNON DAVIS: He’s fast. He’s explosive. He seems like a really good route runner. Athletic. He definitely fits the mold of Delanie Walker. I’m excited to see what he can help us with.