NFL in 90: Vernon Davis’ sweet hurdling abilities, Panthers set for Saints showdown

Kevin Kaduk
Shutdown Corner

Holy (Edwin) Moses! Did you see what Vernon Davis did on Sunday afternoon?

The San Francisco 49ers tight end channeled his inner Lolo Jones, pulling off sweet hurdles on not one but two different plays in a 23-13 win over the St. Louis Rams. The first came in the first half when he leaped over safety Rodney McLeod on his way to a 20-yard gain. The second, over cornerback Janoris Jenkins, gave him access to the end zone and a touchdown. Not bad for a guy who goes 6-foot-3 and 250 pounds and competed in the high jump, not the hurdles, in high school.

If you watch the Niners regularly, you know this is a move that Davis likes to pull off:

"Pretty much my whole career, any time that I get the ball in my hands, defenders are coming for my knees and ankles," Davis told reporters. "But it was just in the moment. At that moment, I said, 'I'm going to jump over that guy.'"

We look at Davis' aerial tricks and more in this week's NFL in :90.

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