Vernon Davis willing to play receiver if needed

Davis willing to take on new role: During the San Francisco 49ers recent mini-camp, it didn’t go unnoticed that Vernon Davis was lining up at wide receiver. Certainly the Niners would have to do something to make up for the loss of Michael Crabtree, right? After all, the wideout was far and away the team leader in targets last season, having 126 balls thrown his way. Davis was a distant second with 61 targets. The bigger question: is it all a ruse or will San Francisco really use Davis as a receiver in 2013? For his part, the veteran tight end sounds like doesn’t know for sure, but he is ready for any challenge the team throws his way. We all curiously await what Davis’ role will be in 2013, but there are plenty of reasons to expect one of the NFL’s best pass-catching options will have a big bounce back this season.

Cowboys shuffling WRs?: One thing we know for sure: Dez Bryant is the No. 1 receiver for the Dallas Cowboys. And all signs point to Miles Austin as the second option. Beyond that, things remain up in the air. Reports suggest rookie Terrance Williams could be the team’s No. 3 wideout, but would line up on the outside in three-receiver sets and force Austin to the slot. Generally a team’s third receiver wouldn’t be much cause for conversation, but in recent years the Cowboys have had a way of finding production from the position — most recently Kevin Ogletree, who was fourth on the team in targets in 2012. Whoever wins that job (Dwayne Harris is also in the running) could be a player to keep an eye on as waiver wire fodder on in deeper leagues.

Locker earns praise from teammates: It’s little secret that this is a make-or-break year for Jake Locker. The Tennessee Titans have a new offensive coordinator and some new additions on the offense designed to help the third-year quarterback. So far, there appears to be a greater comfort level for the former Washington Husky. Nate Washington went so far as to compare Locker to Ben Roethlisberger. We’re certainly not going to make that link, but Locker is a player that will be interesting to watch in 2013.

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