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San Francisco 49ers Training Camp Profile: Kyle Williams

Kyle Williams

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Kyle Williams is recovering with fervor from his ACL injury as the four-year pro has a prime chance to make his mark on the San Francisco 49ers‘ wide receiver spot in 2013. This would go a long way in wiping out the afternoon he is most widely remembered for at this juncture in his career, that being the two-fumble performance in punt returning duty during the NFC championship loss against the New York Giantstwo seasons ago.

Williams will likely be relieved of returning punts after remaining a key component in that spot up until hitting injured reserve in late November, as word out of Niners camp is that LaMichael James has been fielding them for San Fran. However, the silver lining is this could free him up a little more to focus on his play in the receiving game. This is an area in which the 49ers were hit with major question mark following Michael Crabtree‘s Achilles injury.

No one else has exactly seized the role as next in line with Mario Manningham‘s tendency to get hurt, 2012 top pick AJ Jenkins still having almost no regular-season experience and Anquan Boldin joining a new team at age 32 after a grueling Super Bowl run.

After sitting out OTAs, Williams was able to get some limited work in with Colt McCoy on Wednesday, according to SB Nation. Williams would probably like to be working regularly and at full speed with Colin Kaepernick by early August.  Williams has hauled in 35 catches during his three seasons in the pros, but perhaps like Crabtree could get a boost from the Niners’ new opening-day starting quarterback.

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