As is being reported by numerous outlets and beat reporters, the San Francisco 49ers are on the verge of releasing wide receiver/returner Kyle Williams. Presuming that Williams being released by the 49ers is an inevitable and set in stone decision that could be made official at any point, the move is one that is logical and frankly cannot be disputed given that Williams has not produced to the level expected of him.
Through nine games in the 2013 season, Williams’ stat line does not stand out at all as he had 12 receptions for 113 receiving yards and zero touchdowns. Williams was not producing to the level expected of him at the wide receiver position especially when taking into account that he had ample opportunities to be much more productive given the injuries to fellow receivers Michael Crabtree and Mario Manningham.
While Williams was not producing as a receiver then the logic might have been that he was being productive as a returner on both kickoffs and punts. Well in this department, Williams was also not being productive and in fact was relieved of his return duties as LaMichael James took over for him on Sunday against the Carolina Panthers. The fact of the matter is that his demotion from return duties was warranted given he stopped being trustworthy.
Williams fumbled the opening kickoff and also muffed a punt in the 49ers’ Week 9 game against the Jacksonville Jaguars. This clearly was the final straw as the 49ers coaching staff lost all confidence in his ability to be a reliable return man. With the fact that Williams no longer showed he could contribute to returning kickoffs and punts he had one last chance to prove his worth as a wide receiver, but on Sunday he showed an inability to be able to beat press coverage and get off the line against the Panthers’ cornerbacks. The potential, eventual release of Kyle Williams by the 49ers is logical and the right move given he no longer offers any value to the 49ers.