Vernon Davis clarifies his Super Bowl prediction, and more

SANTA CLARA – Vernon Davis stated last week he believes the Niners should be Super Bowl favorites. Today he discussed that statement, as well as the progress he and the offense is making in minicamp.

Q: How was it out there today for you?

VERNON DAVIS: It was nice, it was nice. We got some things done. We had a chance to install some plays and catch up on some things we hadn’t had a chance to touch base on yesterday.

Q: How does it feel to be the hunted instead of the hunters this year?

VERNON DAVIS: We like that, we like that. It’s always good when you have success, and when you have success everyone tries to come at you. We know that we must remain focused. That’s the key for us right now.

Q: Didn’t you mention recently that the 49ers should be the Super Bowl favorite?

VERNON DAVIS: I didn’t say it like that. I didn’t want to sound too cocky. I think we have the potential. I think we have a lot of potential and I’m not wrong for saying that. We have a lot of talent around here and I respect every man on my team. I respect them because they’re hard workers. I’m excited. It makes me excited because I know what we have going forward.

Q: We saw you make a back shoulder catch yesterday. Is that an indication that you guys are fine tuning the offense?

VERNON DAVIS: With the lockout, we had to hit the ground running last year. We didn’t have much time to build chemistry with Alex Smith. It was unfortunate, but that’s the way things were last year. This year is different. We have a chance to come out here and get better. We have a chance to communicate with Alex, get on the same page as him and learn. We’re out here going through tons of plays, so we get an opportunity right there to get everything done that we need to get done.

Q: There was a point last year where you just excelled. What happened that made you put up huge numbers late last season?

VERNON DAVIS: You play this game for a reason, and I know for me and the guys we have on this team we play to win. We play to get to the big stage, the big stage meaning the Super Bowl. We were a few games away, and when you’re that close you have to put everything on the line no matter what. For me, that was such a critical moment. It was so pivotal that I knew I had to show up. I always tell myself, “Big time players make big time plays all the time,” it doesn’t matter what the condition is. So I knew I had to help my team and be there for them, and that’s what I did. I made sure I took advantage of every opportunity – I seized the moment. From that point, I said we’ve got to get here again, and I know we can do it because of the guys we have.

Q: Are you able to start now from the point you left off at the end of last season?

VERNON DAVIS: Oh most definitely, most definitely. Each year is different – you never know what’s going to happen. You never know, but you have to approach this thing with a winning attitude. You can’t really predict anything. I can’t say that we’re going to win the Super Bowl. All I can say is that I strongly believe that we have the team to get to that point.

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