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  49ers | San Fran not interested in Joe Williams    Mon Oct 8, 10:27 PM

The San Francisco 49ers do not appear to have interest in bringing back RB Joe Williams, the team's 2017 fourth-round pick who was cut prior to the start of the current regular season.

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  49ers | Joe Williams gets the axe    Fri Aug 31, 03:45 PM

San Francisco 49ers RB Joe Williams was waived Friday, Aug. 31.

Footballguys view: Williams was a feel good story when the 49ers traded up for him in the fourth round of last year's draft, but he failed to stay healthy last year or stand out in camp this year. He could get a look on a practice squad somewhere.

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  49ers | Top three San Francisco RBs out    Sat Aug 25, 03:18 PM

San Francisco 49ers RBs Matt Breida (shoulder), Jerick McKinnon (calf) and Joe Williams (fractured rib) will all miss the preseason game Saturday, Aug. 25 against the Indianapolis Colts.

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  49ers | Joe Williams has broken rib    Sun Aug 19, 09:32 PM

San Francisco 49ers RB Joe Williams (rib) is dealing with a fractured rib and may not be ready for Week 1, head coach Kyle Shanahan said Sunday, Aug. 19.

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  49ers | Joe Williams competing for No. 3 RB duties    Sun Aug 5, 02:33 PM

San Francisco 49ers RB Joe Williams has run with more urgency during training camp this summer and appears more willing to take the hits required from the position, according to head coach Kyle Shanahan. Williams is competing with special-teams ace Raheem Mostert for the third running back job behind Jerick McKinnon and Matt Breida.

Footballguys view: Williams won't have fantasy value to begin the season, but he could establish himself if either of the top two backs miss time, and have a chance to provide an explosive element as an excellent fit in Kyle Shanahan's running game. Keep him on your waiver wire watch list.

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  49ers | Joe Williams not a lock for 2018 roster    Sun Apr 1, 12:37 PM

San Francisco 49ers RB Joe Williams likely faces an 'uphill battle' to make the roster this summer, according to NBC Sports Bay Area's Matt Maiocco.

Footballguys view: Williams is a talented runner, and that's why the 49ers added him in the fourth round of the 2017 NFL draft. He missed all of his rookie season due to a foot injury, and he is no lock for the 53-man roster after the team added Jerrick McKinnon in free agency to be their lead back. Matt Breida should be penciled in as the primary backup to McKinnon at this time.

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  49ers | Joe Williams finally healthy    Fri Dec 29, 11:31 PM

San Francisco 49ers RB Joe Williams (ankle) is now healthy, according to head coach Kyle Shanahan.

Footballguys view: Good news for Williams as his rookie season was lost due to this ankle injury. He's got straight-line speed and was a hyped rookie in the fourth round when the 49ers picked him up out of Utah. Carlos Hyde is hitting free agency in 2018, so Williams should compete with Matt Breida for touches next season.

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  49ers | Joe Williams to IR    Sat Sep 2, 02:25 PM

San Francisco 49ers RB Joe Williams (ankle) will be placed on season-ending Reserve/Injured with ankle injury, according to a source, Saturday, Sept. 2.

Footballguys view: Williams was a member of the "all hype" team entering training camp but he fizzled during August. The primary backup to Carlos Hyde is now UDFA Matt Breida.

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  49ers | Joe Williams picking up the pace    Fri Aug 4, 09:46 PM

San Francisco 49ers RB Joe Williams has been playing better of late, according to head coach Kyle Shanahan. 'So I thought he's put two good practices in a row,' Shanahan said Friday. Aug. 4. 'It takes time with some of these guys.'

Footballguys view: This happens with rookie at skill positions, though running back is one of the 'easier' positions to enter the league as. Carlos Hyde remains the starter for now, but was lackluster last season, so if Williams can show a little more as we hit the season, he can steal that job. Of course, nobody expects much from this offense and Williams is no more than a flier at this point.

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  49ers | Joe Williams getting off to a 'slow start'    Wed Aug 2, 12:22 PM

San Francisco 49ers rookie RB Joe Williams has gotten off to a slow start in his first training camp, presumably because he is still getting familiarity with head coach Kyle Shanahan's offensive system. He also has to do a better job with ball security, according to CSN Bay Area's Matt Maiocco.

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