49ers TE Vernon Davis not playing for stats, just Super Bowl rings


San Francisco 49ers tight end Vernon Davis is no longer driven by the chance to put up big numbers and go to Pro Bowls, he just wants to win a Super Bowl.

“I’m just here to contribute,” Davis said Sunday. “I’m just a piece of the puzzle. I’m not here for statistics. I’m not here to go to the Pro Bowl. I’m just here to do my job and that’s all I can do. Whatever they ask me to do, I’m up for the challenge.”

Davis just wants to win.

“It’s all about that ring,” Davis said.

“This is what I play this game for — that ring, nothing else,” Davis said. “Maybe in my younger days, I played for statistics. But now as a young man with the wisdom that I have and the experiences that I’ve been through, it’s all about that ring. That’s what I’m here for — to help these guys get that ring.”

Davis caught 41 passes for 548 yards and five touchdowns in 2012, the lowest number of receptions he’s posted since 2008.  But this offseason Davis said he and quarterback Colin Kaepernick have made a connection and are beginning to develop chemistry.

“We’ve come a long way since last year,” Davis said. “It takes time to get that connection and to develop something special.”

Without Michael Crabtree to start the season, Davis will be a go-to target for Kaepernick this season.

“We have a great relationship, we’re putting it all out there and we’re working in training camp,” Davis said. “That’s what training camp is all about. It’s about developing that relationship, that’s what we’re doing here.”

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