You hear 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh talk a lot about his players getting a little better each day. And the head coach is more than happy with the jump in improvement he sees from his tight end this offseason.
"Vernon Davis is having an outstanding offseason," said Harbaugh. "Every day, just getting better at route-running; every facet of the tight end position, he's really excelling in that right now."
Davis has played under six different offensive coordinators in his six-year career. He says this offseason is the first time he's been able to not focus on the Xs and Os, and instead work on technique.
"Every year (there) was always somebody coming in and we had to learn," said Davis. "Learn, learn, learn. We didn't have a chance to get better.
"All the things that I felt like I struggled on, I have a chance to come out here and get better at it. Like route-running; at the top of my route, giving a man a move before I get into my route."
Davis is spending more time in the film room critiquing his game, and taking pointers on the field from one of the best receivers to ever play the game.
"Randy Moss, he's a guy that comes in and he's ready to work," said Davis. "Not only is he ready to work, he's also explaining. He's a good player-coach, I should say.
"We had some routes that we were running last week. Randy came over and was like 'No dude, you wanna do this this way' and it made a lot of sense. And I was like 'Man, I can learn from this guy.'"
Near the end of last season Davis admitted he struggled initially to learn yet another new offensive system under Greg Roman. But he started feeling comfortable near the end of the year, something he proved with 10 receptions, nearly 300 receiving yards and four touchdowns in the first two playoff games of his career. Entering his second season in Roman's system, Davis says he challenging himself this year to get even better.