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49ers TE Vernon Davis not stressed about his holdout

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San Francisco tight end Vernon Davis is standing firm behind his demands for a new contract. (By D. Orlando Ledbetter/dledbetter@ajc.com)

San Francisco tight end Vernon Davis is standing firm behind his demands for a new contract. (By D. Orlando Ledbetter/dledbetter@ajc.com)

San Francisco tight end Vernon Davis participated in the 5 Star Athlete Management’s football camp hosted by Atlanta-based Super-Agent Todd France and several sponsors on Thursday at Mount Vernon Presbyterian School.

Davis, who recently laid out his case for a new contract as a quest columnist for MMQB.com, is not stressing about his contract position, hopes that Saints tight end Jimmy Graham wins his case and believes that San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick is developing nicely.

Here’s what Davis had to say:

Q: How difficult has it been dealing with your contract situation?

A: It hasn’t been difficult at all. There are no worries. There is nothing that I can stress about. It’s obvious that we want a new contract. I want a new contract. It’s just like any athlete, we all want a new contract. But I’m not going to stress over it. It’s not the end of the world if I don’t get it. If I get it, that’s good. It’s moving slowly, but surely. At the end of the day, if I don’t get the deal, at least I tried and I put my foot down. If I don’t get it at the moment, I’m not going to lose any sleep.

Q: Where do you stand on the Jimmy Graham/Wide receiver designation issue?

A: I pray that Jimmy Graham passes as a wide receiver. Because at the end of the day, if he passes as a wide receiver, that’s better for the rest of the tight ends. He will have opened up a door, a pathway for the rest of the group.

Q: Who do you see, along with the 49ers and Seattle, as contenders in the NFC?

A: Seattle has been a good team for a few years now. They have a lot of talent. They are loaded with talent. Especially with (quarterback) Russell Wilson, he’s extremely good. He does everything well. Green Bay is a good team and of course you have our team, the 49ers. It’s all about the talent on the team, the coaching staff and the chemistry that the team can build.

Q: How has Colin Kaepernick developed as a quarterback?

A: He’s come a long way. He’s mature. He’s a leader and he’s getting better and better. He’s such an athletic specimen, that it’s unreal. He’s a great guy and great player.

Q: Explain how fans can buy stock in you?

A: I was approached by a company in San Francisco called Fantex. I did my due diligence on it. I tried to outweigh the pros and cons. Then I just made a business decision.

TRAINING CAMP SCHEDULE

Date                                                      Practice Times (public availability)

Tuesday, July 22                                Rookies report

Wednesday, July 23                          Veterans report

Friday, July 25                                    Practice 3:30 – 5:50 p.m. (open to the public)

Saturday, July 26                              Practice 3:30 – 5:50 p.m. (open to the public)

Sunday, July 27                                 Practice 3:30 – 6:05 p.m. (open to the public)

Monday, July 28                               Practice 3:30 – 6:05 p.m. (open to the public)

Tuesday, July 29                               Practice 3:30 – 6:05 p.m. (open to the public)

Wednesday, July 30                        Players’ Day Off (No Media Availability)

Thursday, July 31                              Practice 3:30 – 6:05 p.m. (open to the public)

Friday, August 1                              “Friday Night Lights” at Archer High School (Lawrenceville)

                                                            6:45 – 9:10 p.m. (open to the public)

Saturday, August 2                          Practice 3:30 – 5:30 p.m. (open to the public)

Sunday, August 3                             Practice 3:30 – 6:05 p.m. (open to the public)

Monday, August 4                           Combined Practice w/Tennessee  3-5:30 p.m.                                                (open to the public)

Tuesday, August 5                           Players’ Day Off (No Media Availability)

Wednesday, August 6                    Practice 3:30 – 6:05 p.m. (open to the public)

Thursday, August 7                         Pregame Walkthrough (No Media Availability)

Friday, August 8                                Falcons vs. Miami Dolphins

                                                                Georgia Dome

                                                                7:00 p.m. ET – CW69

 Saturday, August 9                          Practice 4:30 – 5:45 p.m. (open to the public)

 Sunday, August 10                           Players’ Day Off (No Media Availability)

 Monday, August 11                         Practice 3:30 – 5:50 p.m. (open to the public)

 Tuesday, August 12                         Practice 10:00 a.m. – 12:35 p.m. (open to the public)

 Wednesday, August 13                 Combined Practice w/ Houston Texans (Houston, TX)

Thursday, August 14                       Combined Practice w/ Houston Texans (Houston, TX)

Friday, August 15                             Pregame Walkthrough (No Media Availability)

Saturday, August 16                        Falcons at Houston Texans

                                                                NRG Stadium

                                                                8:00 p.m. ET – CW69

 Sunday, August 17                           Players’ Day Off (No Media Availability)

Monday, August 18                         Practice 10:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. (closed to the public)

                                                                Break Camp

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How much the Falcons rookies will be paid

Rookies getting advice on NFL life

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