There were very few bright spots for the 49ers last Friday night.
However, there were a few exceptions that stood out from the rest. Not much of course, but definitely some.
Kyle Williams, former ASU stand out, was indeed one of those players.
He only had two catches for 34 yards, but he displayed that he has big-time ability to rack up the YAC. The main highlight came on a short slant across the middle of the field that Williams turned in to a 25-yard gain. The play could have possibly gone longer, but somehow, his teammate Ronald Johnson got tangled up in trying to make a block and almost appeared to have made the tackle on Williams.
Even though this is such a small sample size, Williams has always presented a big-time home run threat—from high school to college and now in to the pro's.
He is finally healthy and will look to keep that streak rolling. And if he can do so, it's quite possible that 49ers fans could see him emerge as a true threat for opposing defenses to account for.
Josh Morgan has been the team's second wide receiver for a few years now and has done a moderately decent job. But decent can always stand to get better. Morgan has been known to drop catchable passes and has done so in crucial times, as evidenced by his, "but it came down like a punt, coach," comment to former head coach Mike Singletary.
The 49ers' two primary targets at wide receiver will incontestably be Braylon Edwards and Michael Crabtree. But the slot position is quite wide open at this point with a new coaching staff in place. Several positions are being fought hard for in practice, and that will continue as preseason forges ahead.
Williams ran a blazing 4.30 at his respective pro day just a couple years ago. So his speed is absolutely phenomenal and rare. What is even more impressive is his acceleration off the line. In many ways, his skill set matches one of a Desean Jackson or Mike Wallace type.
He has great hands as well. In reading comments on Twitter the other day with the hash tag #camp49, many people mentioned how, when the ball hits some receiver's hands, it makes a thud noise, especially when quarterback Colin Kaepernick is throwing the ball. However, this is not the case with Williams. Out of the comments, there were a few that made mention of how quietly it sounds when Williams catches a pass. This leads me to believe that he has very soft and above-average hands.
Of course, he is only a second-year player and was a sixth-round draft pick, but it really, as Mike Singletary said once as a player who was drafted as a second rounder, does not matter where you start but where you finish.
Kyle Williams has shown a lot of potential and gives hope to Niners fans in that even if Edwards or Crabtree don't work out, we still may have a diamond in the rough with the second-year vet.
Considering that he was injured last year, this, in essence, will be his true rookie year in getting more playing time.