Showcase game for 49ers' Vernon Davis

SAN FRANCISCO -- Vernon Davis has more touchdown receptions than fellow NFC tight ends Tony Gonzalez and Jason Witten combined.

Davis averages 12.4 yards per catch, about 2 yards more than Gonzalez or Witten.

Davis has the yardage and touchdown numbers to merit Pro Bowl honors. Pumping up his catch numbers would help Davis' cause.

Gonzalez, Witten and the Saints' Jeremy Shockey enjoy advantages over Davis in name recognition, but Davis has arguably been a more dynamic downfield weapon than any of them. The Monday night stage affords him an ideal opportunity to state his case.

Pro Bowl balloting for coaches and players begins next week.

Davis' Pro Bowl push

Vernon Davis leads all NFL tight ends in touchdown receptions despite playing one fewer game than players from 30 other teams. He made an acrobatic touchdown catch against the Cardinals on "Monday Night Football" last season.