Originally posted by dtg_9er:
Vernon's limitations have been decreasing over the years and he can do so many things well that I consider him the best TE in the game. But he still does not have that instinct to read the D and bail out the QB during blitzes. Fortunately, Smith does really well on blitz downs so it's not a huge issue...would still like to have a 2nd TE who can fill that bill.
VD is a different type of TE. He is something of an enigma. He has WR speed but his body type does not allow him the agility to make those twisting, leaping catches that the good WRs make. As we all know, he is at his best when he is isolated on a LB or slower safety. As you noted, he is NOT good at making quick adjustments on short routes. If he were better on those he would see more of the ball. That would also set him up to come off a short route and go deep.
I would be fine with Davis if the 49ers did have another TE that could run those short pressure routes. Walker is not good at those either. My magic wand solution would be a Jason Witten-type to work the opposite side from Davis in 12 personnel situations. (For my money, the best typical TE is Witten - a sure 1st ballot HOF)
[ Edited by dj43 on Oct 31, 2012 at 10:32 PM ]