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Former 49er Brent Jones can tell you life is good as a tight end in a Walsh-style offense.
An athletic, pass-catching tight end like Vernon Davis will fit in perfectly in Harbaugh's system. Davis causes matchup problems, and will very frequently be open for short gains in the middle of the field.
As much as Davis likes getting the ball, he really wants to get the ball deep and score touchdowns. Luckily for him, Alex Smith, with whom he has great rapport, figures to be the starter in 2011.
Back in 2009, Smith and Davis linked up three times for touchdowns against the Texans on what seemed like the exact same route (see highlight below). They then proceeded to terrorize opposing defenses with the same play over the next couple weeks.
It's encouraging to see that even when the defense knows what's coming, they are powerless stop it. That kind of tandem makes an offense incredibly hard to stop.
Vernon Davis will be thrilled to see his friend Alex Smith back under center, and will thrive in Harbaugh's offense.