Davis eager to return to field, have strong second half

49ers tight end Vernon Davis doesn’t much care for having to take a mandated week off in the middle of the NFL season.

He would rather build some first-half momentum and move right ahead into the second half — and Davis sure is looking forward to having a bigger impact over the final eight games for San Francisco than he did during the first eight.

Davis is the team’s third-leading receiver in a deep and talented unit behind Michael Crabtree and Mario Manningham, with 25 catches for 374 yards and four touchdowns, which matches running back Frank Gore for most TDs on the team.

“Being a competitor, with my competitive nature, it’s tough to deal with,” Davis said. “During the game, you want to be involved. Everyone who catches passes wants to be involved. I just tell myself, ‘Just play, play the game, it will come.’ Any given week, you never know. I guess that’s just how this offense is. It’s a good thing.”

He certainly won’t be heard complaining about his team’s standing.

The Niners never expected to run away with the NFC West again the way they did last season.

So, sitting atop the much-improved division with a two-game lead going into the bye week feels awfully good.

Especially coming off consecutive commanding victories against Seattle and Arizona in prime time.

Especially considering the team’s strange schedule during this stretch: one game in 23 days.

While Davis isn’t thrilled not to be playing again this weekend, he knows that’s just part of it each year when the off week comes around.

“It’s kind of like having a double bye week, because we had been off and then we came back and played,” Davis said. “It can be a good thing. I’m not mad at it. I’ll take it. I accept it, have some time off, come back and be ready for the next one.”

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