SANTA CLARA — Vernon Davis joked about burning by the Honey Badger, Arizona safety Tyrann Mathieu.
"Ran past the Honey Badger," Davis said with a grin. "The Honey Badger didn't see me."
He razzed Cardinals wide receiver and pal Larry Fitzgerald for having more body fat than the San Francisco tight end who is as fit and fast as ever a few months shy of 30.
The sensational day Davis put together last weekend allowed him a little bit of leeway: He caught touchdown passes of 61 and 35 yards and finished with a career-best 180 yards receiving in the 49ers' 32-20 victory against Arizona.
After all that, he turned down a game ball from coach Jim Harbaugh given each week to a standout player on offense, defense and special teams. Davis insisted quarterback Colin Kaepernick deserved it more.
With six touchdowns through the first six games for San Francisco (4-2), Davis has already topped his TD total of five from last season. His 22 receptions are well on the way to surpassing his 41 in 2012.
And Davis didn't even play one of those games, sitting out a 27-7 loss to Indianapolis with a hamstring injury to have his streak of 98 straight games played snapped.
Not that Davis is necessarily counting his numbers at this stage. He does know that he and Kaepernick have found a nice groove together at last. Davis said he struggled to click initially with Kaepernick in 2012 when the quarterback took over the starting job from Alex Smith in November.
Davis caught touchdown passes of 61 and 35 yards against the Cardinals, his second TD catch of at least 60 yards in as many games after he had a 64-yarder in a 34-3 rout of Houston a week earlier.
"I just run, man. I feel like I've gotten faster," Davis said, chuckling in near disbelief. "I feel like it, but there's no telling. I'm just out there running because that's my biggest asset, my speed. I use it the best way I can and I continue to get open and help this team win."