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Morning Tailgate: May 31

Posted by Taylor Price on May 31, 2012 – 10:18 AM

It’s safe to say many of Vernon Davis’ peers in the National Football League were tuned in for the San Francisco 49ers Divisional Playoff win over the New Orleans Saints.

After all, Davis broke the league’s postseason record for single-game receiving yards by a tight end. Davis’ seven receptions for 180 yards and two touchdowns (including the “Vernon Post” game-winning touchdown play), surely earned him even more recognition amongst the NFL players.

That  performance, along with several other memorable moments in 2011, represent the many reasons why the 49ers starting tight end checked in at the No. 43 spot on NFL Network’s Top 100 Players of 2012 list, as voted on by the players themselves.

Davis joined the network’s reaction show to share his feelings on moving up 45 spots from last year’s list, the highest jump from any returning player on the list.

“I’m very honored to be at this spot,” Davis told host Lindsey Rhodes. “Like most people, you always want more, but I can’t be greedy. I’ll take what I can get. I’m very excited. I want to thank all the players, and everybody who voted me.”

Rhodes informed Davis that two tight ends remain on the list, presumably Rob Gronkowski of the New England Patriots and Jimmy Graham of the Saints.

Davis said he didn’t feel disrespected by being named the third-best tight end. Instead, he offered praise for his fellow position mates.

“I like Gronkowski,” Davis said. “He’s a tremendous player. Also like Jimmy Graham. I think he does a lot of good things when he’s lined up, one-on-one matches, he knows how to separate and get open.”

Teammate David Akers weighed in on Davis’ selection on Twitter last night.

“A beast of a player,” Akers wrote. “Congrats.”

More 49ers headlines can be found after the jump.

Daniel Jeremiah of NFL.com continues to list the top-3 players of various position groups. No surprise, Jeremiah has 49ers All-Pro inside linebacker Patrick Wilis and NaVorro Bowman atop his linebacker rankings.

Jeremiah on Willis: “For over a decade, this spot was firmly in the grasp of the Ravens’ Ray Lewis. However, Willis has been the gold standard for the last few years, and he hasn’t shown any signs of relinquishing the title soon. Through his first five seasons, Willis has been to five Pro Bowls and been named first-team All-Pro on four occasions. He’s averaged 138 tackles per season and also collected 17 career sacks. His combination of speed, explosiveness and instincts is tops in the league. The 49ers’ defense has become the most feared in the NFL, and Willis has been the captain of the ship since arriving in 2007.”

Jeremiah had this to say about Bowman: “If Willis is going to face any competition for the top spot over the next few seasons, it will likely come from the player who lines up right next to him every Sunday. Bowman exploded on the scene in just his second season in the league. He led the team in tackles with 143 — his 111 solo tackles ranked second in the NFL — and also recorded a pair of sacks. Bowman was named first-team All-Pro for his efforts. His style of play is very similar to Willis’. He has the speed to range from sideline to sideline, and he’s explosive on contact. At only 24 years old, he’s just scratching the surface of his potential greatness.”

49ers outside linebacker Aldon Smith was a guest on Comcast SportsNet’s Chronicle Live where he discussed his goals for 2012 and the improvements he’s making at Organized Team Activities.

Lastly, 49ers.com’s OTA coverage continued with a look at Jim Harbaugh’s efforts to push tempo at practice and the comments from the head coach about the team’s evaluation of Peyton Manning.


David Akers gives Davis some Twitter love for his NFLN Top 100 of 2012 selection.

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21 Responses to “Morning Tailgate: May 31”

  1. By ELEVEN YEARS WITH ALEX on May 31, 2012 | Reply

    the defensive monster is getting hungry and looking to bring it …..defensively the niners will be a good show if not great show to watch as teams try and decide who they will try to beat and scratch their heads as the whole defense comes down on them

  2. By # 1 D-FENSE 2012 on May 31, 2012 | Reply


  3. By TheRock49 on May 31, 2012 | Reply

    Akers said it right ” A Beast of a player” Vernon is. Watch out for Davis on that slight post to the middle, all the way down the middle for a TD. Alex to Vernon like they did three years ago,to the #1 receiving Tight End. This year will have an Offensive explosion to go along with that # 1 Defense this likes that we haven’t seen for quite sometime. It goes without saying that when you put the ball in the BEASTS hands out in the flat. Can anybody stop a Tight End as big as a linebacker with 4.3 speed? I THINK NOT!!!!!! Peace to all NINERS.

  4. By ZenTwist on May 31, 2012 | Reply

    Is it blasphemy to declare that this defense is the next defensive dynasty??..Notice the word Nasty in Dynasty ! Die Nasty I like it!

  5. By Basil on May 31, 2012 | Reply

    when not comes to our defense, its like the old saying goes! “pick your poison”

  6. By gary potter on May 31, 2012 | Reply

    11&jeromt: read coach JH quote in sf chronicle about AS than shut up about him become true fans

  7. By Basil on May 31, 2012 | Reply

    well now 11 been pretty good, just talking football!

  8. By rocky on May 31, 2012 | Reply

    Great job v.d. we are fortunate to have you innthe 49er family! Lookingforeward to the new season. We will be at every home game!

  9. By greg49ermontgomery on May 31, 2012 | Reply

    i just got my sunday ticket hooked-up so i can watch my niners go-all-the waaaay this year…..being i live in the mid-west now i was stuck watching the rams all the time……thank god for the ticket!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    go niners

    also i think if our offence can pull together alex will shine……….

  10. By rjdniner on May 31, 2012 | Reply

    Basil He’s, doing OK I enjoy reading his posts, walking around some.

  11. By cbreeze on May 31, 2012 | Reply

    last year it was all about D and STs… mostly… mostly not a lot of winning teams till post season…this season…mostly teams w/ better records …even div. teams are in better shape than lst year..we still have the Dand STs and a …mostly untested O..HOWEVER…i do see a team that can jell as the season developes as the O gets it together ..history tells me it will take a while to come together… i do see that happening a few games into the season …a run for the bowl? not impossable !!!

  12. By True Niner Fan on May 31, 2012 | Reply

    Ruin this Team????? I guess Harbaugh and Balke are out to drive us into the ground too. Wow

  13. By True Niner Fan on May 31, 2012 | Reply

    With Vernon on the field, it just makes everything else open up. who are you gonna double….Moss, Crabs, Manningham…try and stack the box against Gore and company…can’t wait ! ! ! To the Bowl baby

  14. By Basil on Jun 1, 2012 | Reply

    9ers, I quit second guessing the coaches and our staff some time last year, because in the end there was always a reason for what they did, and a good one at that. But now here I go!
    Whats the reason for Coach stirring up the P Manning thing? I don’t get it, I’m pretty sure that everybody else would rather see it just fade away, which it had? For whatever reason coach went to see P Manning just doesn’t matter now its all history, or it was.
    To me its just a big distraction ,, IMHO I’d rather see our guys focusing on play books, timing, getting to know each other. So because Coach doesn’t normally elaborate on stores like this, and because the water had cleared, why stir it up ?
    Or is Basil reading too much into this …………………. ?

  15. By dave g. on Jun 1, 2012 | Reply

    Jeromy has a disease called “NOT FACING REALITY SYNDROME”. It does not matter how much of his BS is proven to be just that. He will find a way to tweak it to see what he wants for himself & everyone else to see. You know like his love for Eleven. BTW: Now you calling our head coach a liar? An offer was never made dumb@ss. There is nothing wrong with observing the health (neck) while throwing of a future hall of famer while your QB is not signing his contract right away. The media is the ones that made more out of it. If its lies, then Peyton would confirm that. But he has not BECAUSE he knows an offer was NEVER made to him. If it was he would have signed with us. So with your logic, you really think he see’s Denver giving him a better shot at a championship THEN SF with his window closing? Seriously, Bronco’s? Its laughable how dellusional you are dipsh!t. Just face it you were WRONG as always!

  16. By dave g. on Jun 1, 2012 | Reply

    Basil…its been stirred up because the coach let Peyton have his respect in the beginning by not admitting an offer was never made. Peyton did not quite have the options the media wanted to believe because he is Payton F’in Manning. But the reality is he IS FRAGILE, OLD & EXPENSIVE!

  17. By dave g. on Jun 1, 2012 | Reply

    Why do you think the Colts were in such a hurry to get rid of him? Don’t you think it would have been ideal to have Luck learn from him as an understudy for his last few years? Wake up people! Peyton is merely a name now.

  18. By dave g. on Jun 1, 2012 | Reply

    The only people who matters on what they believe is the SF49ers. Everyone on the outside…it don’t mean squat what they believe. The doubters and naysayers can go suck an egg!

  19. By dave g. on Jun 1, 2012 | Reply

    Jeromy…Coach is losing his credibility??? The only credibility that matters is us winning. He is coach of the year & has turned around the team. You think he gives a rats @ss about his credibility with you? Bellichick had spy gate & Sean Peyton had Bounty gate. Give me a break! All he did is disrespect Peyton & really WHY DO WE CARE..PEYTON NEVER DID NOTHING FOR US???? You are such a joke Jeromy Lipton. Lost credibility? HAHAHA! What a loser! You were wrong & you know it so now choke on it!

  20. By gary potter on Jun 1, 2012 | Reply

    dave g: well said

  21. By dave g. on Jun 1, 2012 | Reply

    Hey Potter…you know if Harbaugh has a press conference with some mustard dripped on his sweat shirt, Jeromy Lipton will blame Alex for that too! HAHA! What a TOOL!

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