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Kyle Williams Touts 49ers WR Depth

Posted Sep 3, 2013

Kyle Williams believes the 49ers have plenty of wide receiver depth entering the 2013 season.

Kyle Williams believes the 49ers have plenty of wide receiver depth entering the 2013 season.

Just because the fourth-year wideout is atop San Francisco’s recent depth chart along with 11-year veteran Anquan Boldin, doesn’t mean Williams is taking a selfish approach.

Williams believes the 49ers have several players willing and able to contribute in the passing game next to Boldin.

“It’s not just coming down to me and ‘Q,’” Williams said on Tuesday. “We’ve got dogs, our whole crew. It doesn’t matter who’s in our first group, we’re all going to be making plays.”

So while Williams expects to see plenty of action in Sunday’s season opener against the Green Bay Packers, he doesn’t expect to be the only receiver joining Boldin in two-receiver sets.

“We do it by committee,” Williams said. “It’s hard when you have a guy like Crab (Michael Crabtree). He’s definitely a No. 1-type of receiver. He’s obviously going to be in there the whole time. You could say the same thing about Anquan. But the rest of us are going to be in there. I take on those responsibilities as a No. 2, but it’s not going to be limited to me.”


Williams, however, is taking on the responsibility of being San Francisco’s punt returner. When asked about his role on special teams against the Packers, Williams was confident he would be the one to return punts.

“Punts for sure, kick-offs maybe,” Williams said confidently. “I’m getting in there and playing my game, the way I’ve always played it.  I’m expecting to get the ball and do some things with it.”

With LaMichael James recovering from a knee injury in the preseason finale, Williams could be in line to return kicks, too.

“We’ll see what goes on with kick-off return,” said Williams, who feels 100 percent healthy after sitting out all four preseason games.

Sitting out of action was difficult for a competitor like Williams, but he understood the importance of it. The 49ers weren’t trying to rush him back into action after suffering a season-ending knee injury in Week 12 of the regular season.

“It was probably good for me to sit out,” Williams said. “It was doctor’s orders so there was really no choice. Yeah, it was hard. I hated it. I wanted to get in there and play.”

It won’t be as easy to hold Williams back this Sunday. The play-making wide receiver is focused on helping spark the 49ers offense in an important Week 1 matchup.

“We’ve got play-makers out there and you’re going to see all of us,” he said.

Williams expects Green Bay to come into Candlestick Park motivated to avenge last season’s NFC Divisional Playoff loss. The Packers will look to showcase their updated schemes to stop the 49ers offense. But San Francisco, too, will have new looks for the opener.


“We’re not going to go out and roll out the same things,” Williams said. “You’ve got to wait till Sunday. Whatever gets the job done, whatever gets us the win, that’s what we’ll do.

“We can throw a number of things at ‘em and I think we plan on doing that.”


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