Tag:Nate Davis
Posted on: January 11, 2011 5:40 pm

Seahawks gunning for another QB of the future?

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

With Matt Hasselbeck on the downside of his career – even though he was simply fantastic in beating the Saints, and he might stick around as a starter for another couple years – it makes sense that the Seahawks would continue to search for a potential future quarterback.

I think many of us would agree that Charlie Whitehurst, who was signed before last season for that “future quarterback” spot, is not that person. Now, it sounds like Seattle will give it another shot with a quarterback who’s virtually had no playing time in the NFL.

According to CSN Bay Area, 49ers practice squad QB Nate Davis will sign a contract with the Seahawks, pending that he passes a physical.

You might remember Davis because former San Francisco coach Mike Singletary blasted Davis’ work ethic early this year before stashing him on the 49ers practice squad all season long.

Davis was a fifth-round pick out of Ball State in 2009, and he has impressed observers with his arm strength. But when Singletary ripped him for his offseason practice habits, his stock certainly dropped. He also didn’t play great in the preseason games, and that didn’t help matters either.

And then there’s this.

From the article:

Davis' draft stock fell in the spring of 2009 when he revealed he had a learning disability. With Jim Harbaugh entering as 49ers head coach and bringing the West Coast offense, Davis would've been forced to learn a new offense, anyway.

Davis rarely practiced at quarterback during the season. He saw more action on the 49ers' practice squad playing tight end. The 49ers were not thrilled he gained approximately 15 pounds during the season. Davis plans to spend his offseason with a personal trainer in Indianapolis, he said.

The Seahawks are allowed to sign Davis because he finished the season on the 49ers' practice squad. The 49ers had one week of sole-negotiating rights to sign him to a contract that will begin with the new league year. After that one-week window, practice squad players become "street free agents" and are free to sign with any team.

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Posted on: September 6, 2010 9:08 pm

49ers dump Nate Davis, grab Troy Smith

Posted by Will Brinson

The San Francisco 49ers quarterback situation -- the oft-crappy Alex Smith starting, David Carr playing the role of backup and Nate Davis as the lazy third-stringer with potential -- was tenuous at best heading into the season.

Things changed quickly in the last few hours, though, as the Niners announced they have released Davis, their 2009 fifth-rounder out of Ball State, in order to make room for ex-Raven Troy Smith, who was recently released by the Ravens.

Davis was considered a pretty nice QB prospect (at one point, he was the third quarterback on a lot of draft boards, behind Jimmy Clausen and Sam Bradford), but his work ethic's been seriously questioned by Mike Singletary and it seems that eventually the team felt they couldn't risk the possibility of actually having to play Davis if things went downhill for Smith or injury struck.

Smith, on the other hand, has actual experience as an NFL quarterback, and, even more importantly, isn't David Carr.

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Posted on: August 25, 2010 8:52 am
Edited on: August 25, 2010 12:28 pm

Nate Davis could be a superstar

Some say N. Davis has more talent than San Francisco QBs A. Smith and D. Carr combined (Getty). Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Jason Whitlock, formerly of the Kansas City Star and currently of Foxsports.com, is a controversial columnist who writes controversial columns. Today, he turns his sights on the least-heralded quarterback in the San Francisco organization.

In his column today, he says third-string 49ers QB Nate Davis has more upside than starter Alex Smith and backup David Carr combined – that’s a pretty bold statement, considering Smith and Carr are former No. 1 draft picks and Davis was a fifth-round pick in 2009. The only thing holding Davis back, asks Whitlock - who, like Davis, attended Ball State? His irresponsibility.

Writes Whitlock:

Nate Davis is embarrassingly immature. He has no clue about the kind of commitment and work necessary to be an elite level quarterback. None.

He excelled at Ball State because he had USC talent and three coaches - head coach Brady Hoke, offensive coordinator Stan Parrish and strength coach Aaron Wellman - and an older brother riding his ass year-round.

In the NFL, you can’t devote three coaches to making sure Nate Davis does the right thing. Things move too fast on and off the field. The players have far more freedom and power. Nate Davis has to want to be a great NFL player. He has to want it 12 months a year.

Partially, that criticism comes because coach Mike Singletary ripped into Davis in his latest postgame news conference.

“Right now, Nate Davis is working his tail off to try and learn this system,” Singletary told the San Francisco media. “But in the offseason, that’s when you take the time to get that done, and I’m not sure how hard he worked this offseason getting that done. So when I talk about work ethic, you just can’t turn it on and it off, and now come to training camp (and say), ‘Coach, I’m really trying. I’m really trying.’ You know what? The offseason when we were in the OTAs, the minicamps and all those things, that’s when you have to get that done.

“And that’s when you have to stay up and drive the coaches crazy and look at film and ask all the questions you possibly can. I’m not sure he did that. So right now, it’s a lot he has to get in a short amount of time. Hopefully, he can do that. I don’t know. We’ll see.”

I don’t necessarily agree that Davis is the potential savior for the San Francisco offense – Whitlock compares him to Larry Bird, and that’s kind of hard to believe. After all, Davis was a scout team WR last season, and there’s no chance, aside from an injury, that Smith doesn’t start the season as the starting QB.

But Davis does provide some interesting aspects to the 49ers with his scrambling ability and his big arm. Yet it sounds like there’s plenty of work for Davis to do on the field – and in his own head – if he wants to fulfill the potential Whitlock thinks he has.

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Posted on: June 22, 2010 6:40 pm

Another chance for David Carr

David Carr was supposed to be the long-term franchise player that would lead the expansion Houston Texans to riches. They made him the No. 1 pick in the 2002 Draft, and he rewarded them by helping beat Dallas in the first regular-season game in the club’s history.

But since then, his career has spiraled upward and downward (but mostly downward). He played for some terrible Houston teams – he, of course, had something to do with that, though he also recorded some decent numbers (he led the league with a 68.3 completion percentage in 2006) – and he led the league in sacks in 2002, 2004 and 2005.

The past three seasons, he’s split his time between Carolina and the New York Giants and since leaving Houston, he’s been relegated to QB backup status. According to the Santa Rosa Press-Democrat’s Phil Barber , Carr has accepted that role with the 49ers and has developed a much better mindset.

"Now, it's so much about just football," Carr told Barber. "All that other stuff I worried about when I was younger, how the perception was, how I came across to certain people, even my teammates... If you master your football stuff and you go out there and you play like you're supposed to, everything will take care of itself."

One problem with Houston was that the coaching staff tinkered with his unusual throwing style. That meant he, at times, was thinking more about mechanics than about letting his instincts take over. As most NFL players will tell you, if you’re thinking about your mechanics while on the football field, you’re in trouble.

So, what about the San Francisco coaches? How have they handled Carr’s anything-but-ordinary motion? Barber writes:

In San Francisco, offensive coordinator Jimmy Raye and quarterbacks coach Mike Johnson have tinkered with Carr's footwork and weight transfer. No one has said a thing about his delivery, which again has come as a relief.

"I'm 30 yrs old," Carr said. "It's not gonna change."

His receivers certainly don't care. "I mean, you're kind of told when you first become a receiver to like watch the ball leave the quarterback's hand," Josh Morgan said. "But in true game situations, you can't see the quarterback. You just got to see it when it gets there anyway."

While Alex Smith is the established starting QB for San Francisco, Carr will battle with second-year player Nate Davis for the backup role. Right now, it appears Carr has taken a lead against Davis for the right to be No. 2. Which means, if Smith can’t live up to his own top-pick status – a very real possibility – Carr could receive another chance to become the breakout star he still believes he can be.

--Josh Katzowitz

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