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Harbaugh, Davis iron out 49ers TE's concerns with involvement

SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- 49ers tight end Vernon Davis and coach Jim Harbaugh met to discuss the Pro Bowl tight end's postgame comments from Sunday that "we've still got to keep everybody involved."

Davis was used more as a blocker than the deep-route threat he has been in recent years. He has seven catches for 65 yards through the first two games. He was targeted only three times against Dallas and made two receptions for 18 yards. The other pass intended for him was intercepted.

"It's a two-way conversation, and it was just about football. It wasn't about frustration or anything else that you'd categorize," Harbaugh said Wednesday. "We talked. Talk to a lot of players every day. ... Conversations are two way, me and him."

The 27-year-old Davis has been a regular playmaker the past two seasons, making 56 catches for 914 yards and seven touchdowns in 2010. That came after Davis became the highest-paid tight end in NFL history last September when he signed a five-year contract extension that pays him $37 million overall, with $34 million guaranteed.

Davis wants to return to being the dominant player he was in 2009, when he tied Antonio Gates' NFL record for touchdowns by a tight end with 13 and made his first Pro Bowl.

Davis said he faces constant double-teams and agreed with Harbaugh's game plan after watching film from Sunday.

With Edwards sidelined for significant time, Davis said he would handle any receiver's role.

"Whatever I have to do. I strongly believe that Coach Harbaugh and the rest of the staff will do everything that they can to put us in a great situation to make plays - everybody," Davis said. "Whether it's blocking or catching passes or whatever. I put it in their hands. They've got it. They know what they're doing. I trust and believe in that and just continue to play ball."

Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press

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