As week three of the San Francisco 49ers organized team activities rolls on, Vernon Davis remains AWOL.
However, head coach Jim Harbaugh said he expects the veteran tight end, who is unhappy with his contract situation, to be present at a mandatory minicamp next week. When asked just how important Davis is to the team’s offense, Harbaugh remarked: “Uh, important, very important.”
Guard Alex Boone, who is also dissatisfied with his contract remains a no-show, as well.
Harbaugh explained that the team is taking a new “approach” with Michael Crabtree after he tore his achilles during OTAs a season ago. The goal, as Harbaugh put it, is to “hit the sweet spot.”
“He’s taking an approach. Not the way we did last year, not the way some of the other receivers are right now, but he’s working the entire practice. Doing individual [work], doing some routes out there and then he moves over to a workout type of phase.”
“That’s the plan. We tried it one way last year and now we’re trying it a different way and hopefully we can hit the sweet spot of having him purring once we get to training camp and the regular season.”
Harbaugh checked in with the latest on running back Marcus Lattimore, who is working his way back from a serious knee injury.
“Getting better everyday, and noticeably making a good, consistent improvement. He looks good.”
According to Tim Kawakami of the San Jose Mercury News, Harbaugh expects Aldon Smith to report to training camp with the team on July 23. The outside linebacker is due in court on July 25 for a sentencing hearing after pleading no contest to three felony charges and one misdemeanor.
Watch the full interview with Jim Harbaugh below.