The Davis dream: To be 49ers' quarterback

Rookie Nate Davis gives his takes on earning the job at quarterback this summer with the 49ers and talks about overcoming a learning disability to pick up the San Francisco offense and carve out his place in the team's future at the position.

Q: With all the veterans ahead of you on the roster, did you feel you might be the odd-man out here at quarterback?
Davis:
Oh yes, definitely. It's a business. I've been working hard to try to learn the offense, just kept on working hard and kept on praying to God I'd make the team.

Q: But you got the nod over Damon Huard for the No. 3 role. What were you able to learn from Huard while he was here?
Davis:
I learned a lot from Damon, the other guys, too, also. Coach Sing says we want to be as one. That's what we're trying to be.

Q: Did you and Damon ever talk about one of you will be gone?
Davis:
Of course, yes, we have talked a couple times about that. But we always stayed positive with each other and said, 'We hope that we're both here.'"

Q: How big a step is this for you in your young career?
Davis:
It's a great opportunity to be in this position. I've still got a long way to go and I've got to keep on improving every day.

Q: Do you feel like you won that job?
Davis:
I did do some good things but then again I did do some bad things.

Q: You didn't get a lot of reps during training camp? How were you able to win the No. 3 job and make progress without getting that work?
Davis:
It was hard. I'm a very visual learner, so I've got to see it, got to do it. I've been working hard. Coach Johnson and Coach Raye and Coach Mike, they've been giving me techniques that have been helping me learn, learn, learn the offense.

Q: Like what, for instance?
Davis:
Just by giving me what they have taught before, like some of the protections. Some are strong and some are weak. Seeing those every day has been helping me out a lot.

Q: So much of learning at this level is studying game film – is that part easy for you?
Davis:
It is a lot easier for me to watch game film and be able to recognize things. That's another thing they've been working with me. I've watched a lot of film.

Q: Do you have a photographic memory to watch all that film?
Davis:
Yes, some things I do, but then there are some things I have trouble with also. But I'm still working.

Q: When you're watching, do you take mental reps?
Davis:
It goes both ways. Sometimes it is better to be out there in the play and you see what you should have done. When you sit back there, you're sitting back there looking. It's different when you're in there. The speed of the game's a lot faster.

Q: What's your relationship with Jerry Rice?
Davis:
Jerry's a great guy. I met him before I became a 49er. I was in Tampa, Florida, working out for the combine and I got to have dinner with him twice. He's with (Eddie) DeBartolo and that's one of the agencies.

Q: Were you expecting to play so much the last 3 preseason games?
Davis:
What I did is I just played the game plan hard and I was ready to go whenever they put me in. I had to prove myself that I was capable to go out there and put the offense in a good position. I was in there thinking, 'Hey, just stay calm, go out there and do your job and don't do nothing out of the ordinary.'

Q: Considering where you were drafted, do you feel like you have to prove some people wrong?
Davis:
Oh yes, definitely. That's another thing. Everybody thinks they should go higher. You just use that as a motivation. That's why you keep on working hard and show the other teams that you should have picked me.

Q: Do you think there were concerns you couldn't pick up an NFL offense that sank you?
Davis:
Yes, definitely. I know that every team was a little hesitant taking me because of my learning disability. You know what, I came off and I was honest during the combine. I came out and the first thing I told them was 'Listen, I have a learning disability.' I wasn't going to hide nothing. I wanted them to know, and that I can overcome it though.

Q: Is it easy for you to visualize yourself as the starting QB here some day?
Davis:
That's a dream. I'm going to keep on working and learn the offense. I'm going to go day by day.

Q: You didn't have all the reps but have picked up the offense. Is there any redemption for you that you've already picked things up?
Davis:
My goal is just I want to learn the offense before my rookie season's over. I just have to put the extra hours in. That's one thing you do. You put the extra work in and it's going to pay off sooner or later.

Q: Are you happy with where you are right now?
Davis:
Yes definitely. I could be a little further. I just have to keep on working.


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