San Francisco 49ers: Nate Davis Signed To Practice Squad, Jarrett Brown Released

Blaine SpenceSenior Writer ISeptember 8, 2010

Nate Davis is once again a 49er.
Nate Davis is once again a 49er.Scott Boehm/Getty Images

Nate Davis has cleared waivers today and the San Francisco 49ers have signed him to the practice squad. Quarterback Jarrett Brown from West Virginia was released in order to clear room for Davis.

Davis has been the object of much speculation lately, as coach Mike Singletary has publicly questioned his work ethic and desire to learn.

Davis impressed NBC broadcaster, Chris Collinsworth, with his 60-yard bomb to Ted Ginn against the Minnesota Vikings, his quick release, and his quick feet.

“I don’t know what else you have to see out of Nate Davis. This young man...his feet are quick. His release is quick. He’s seeing the field. He’s not hesitating, and he’s got a rocket...” 

Singletary wasn't as impressed, and was particularly critical of Davis' slide one yard short of the first-down maker on a third-down play during the Vikings game.

Many observers had thought that Singletary's criticism was intended to motivate Davis, in much the same way he called out Vernon Davis two years ago. 

After making the original 53-man roster on Friday, Davis appeared to be safe.

However, when Singletary saw that the Baltimore Ravens had released quarterback Troy Smith, he implored the front office to sign him. 

"He's a competitor. He wants to be the best he can be," Singletary said of Smith, 26. "If nothing else, he comes in and adds to the positive energy we want here, the work ethic we want here." - from Matt Barrows and The Sacramento Bee

So just like that Smith was signed and Davis was released.

Singletary made it clear that he wanted Davis on the practice squad and knew he was taking a risk by subjecting Davis to waivers.

That risk paid off as Nate Davis is now back in the fold of the San Francisco 49ers. At least for the time being.


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