On Braylon Edwards' ability to get deep

Regular ESPN.com contributor K.C. Joyner has shared a few NFC West notes from his 2011 fantasy football guide, including this one for the San Francisco 49ers:

Joyner: "To get an idea of just how good Braylon Edwards can be, look no further than the beginning of his fantasy pros comment in the guide: The numbers in the route depth metric analysis say it all -- Edwards is a vertical threat. His 12.7 vertical YPA was 10th best among wide receivers with at least 40 vertical targets and his 13.0 stretch vertical YPA was 14th best among wideouts with 20 or more stretch vertical passes. Those categories led to a 9.6 overall YPA, which was tied for 13th best in the league."

My thoughts: Tight end Vernon Davis has been the team's strongest deep threat to this point. Keeping Davis near the line of scrimmage to help with pass protection has too frequently prevented the 49ers from attacking defenses down the field. Any deep-threat ability Edwards provides gives the 49ers greater flexibility in how they utilize Davis and their tight ends. Edwards averaged a career-high 17.1 yards per catch with the New York Jets last season. He has averaged a healthy 15.8 yards per catch over the course of his career despite playing with relatively unaccomplished quarterbacks.