A closer look at the 49ers' Vernon Davis

ESPN.com's Jeff Chadiha offers a diversion for San Francisco 49ers fans during a tough week.

DavisDavisHis profile on tight end Vernon Davis offers some compelling details, including one about Davis' emotional response to earning Pro Bowl consideration two years ago:

When Davis was frustrated by his limited role in the offense run by former coordinator Mike Martz in 2008 -- a system that too often required him to help with pass protection -- Davis asked tight ends coach Pete Hoener how he could get recognition with so few opportunities to catch the ball. Once Hoener suggested that Davis block his way into people's minds, Davis earned Pro Bowl alternate status despite catching just 31 passes. When Hoener informed him of the honor, Davis cried in his car on the way home from practice.

Davis' finest blocking performance during that 2008 season might have come against 2010 Week 2 opponent New Orleans. Davis did not make big plays during the regular-season opener, but he did catch eight passes for 73 yards. That would project to 128 receptions for 1,168 yards over a full season, although the 49ers will probably distribute the ball more evenly in the future.