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Kubiak on Vernon Davis: 'I expect him to help us out'


Denver Broncos coach Gary Kubiak isn't worried about the latest disappearing act by Vernon Davis.

The veteran tight end logged 11 snaps over the final two weeks of the season before playing just one down in Denver's 23-16 win over the Steelers on Sunday.

Davis recently acknowledged that "it's been tough" adjusting to a new offense, but the former Niners star hasn't lost favor with Kubiak -- if you choose to believe the coach.

"He's doing fine. Vernon's doing fine. He's been a real pro," Kubiak said Wednesday. "Obviously the last few weeks, (he) hasn't been as involved as he was a couple other times during the year. But I'm proud of Vernon."

Davis piled up 74 yards off seven catches in a Week 14 loss to the Raiders, but the pass-catcher has just one grab since. A rash of unforgivable drops have also turned Davis into a lightning rod for criticism, but Kubiak refused to join in.

"We've asked a lot of him. He came in here, learned a new system and he was working with (backup quarterback) Brock (Osweiler) for a few weeks and now he's working with Peyton (Manning), so there's been some adjustments there," Kubiak said. "But he's fine. He's working hard. He's ready to go and I expect him to help us out."

The switch back to Manning has not helped Davis, but no matter how you unpack it, the midseason trade with San Francisco to acquire Davis has not worked out. Denver gave up little in that swap -- a pair of late-round conditional picks -- but Davis has produced even less.


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