San Francisco 49ers tight end Vernon Davis was almost an automatic first option when it came to the team's red zone offense for years on end.
So, why has he become a virtual ghost when it comes to getting red zone looks so far in 2014?
"I don't know why, I don't know why, either," Davis said this week, via Paul Gutierrez of ESPN.com. "For me, I've been here for going on nine years now, and all I can do is just take care of my assignments and do my job and play as hard as I possibly can and do whatever it takes to help this team win. And that's what I'm here for."
Last year, Davis was targeted 17 times in the red zone for 11 catches and eight touchdowns. This year? He's been targeted just once past the opponent's 20-yard line (a 2-yard TD reception against Dallas in the season opener).
"As far as not getting those touchdowns and those yards, I'll leave that up to the coaches," Davis said.
The veteran tight end remains patient, but it would behoove Jim Harbaugh and the crew to start getting him more involved when the points are up for grab.
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