WR Kyle Williams - Free Agent

5-10, 188Born: 7-19-1988College: Arizona StateDrafted: Round 6, pick 2010

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2013 Week 1 vs GB (6 / 3 / 36 / 0 rec)

Getting the start across from Boldin, Williams played a capable game in his return from a torn ACL. While speed was always Williams' greatest asset, there looked to be a slight drop-off post-injury, and sometimes Williams struggled to get past his coverage. Not to say Williams' can't take the top off anymore, as on one play he beat Sam Shields down the sideline and would have been in a foot race to the end zone had Kaepernick not underthrown the pass. But Williams was most effective when the defense cheated away from him. In the fourth quarter, Williams ran a post route as the defense cheated up to take away Boldin, and Kaepernick was able to deliver an accurate enough ball for Williams to catch and roll. At the end of the first half, Williams was able to find the soft part of a conservative zone, trying to prevent anything too far downfield, and again, Kaepernick was able to deliver and accurate enough ball. But those were the highlights for Williams, as his only other catch came on a short hook where Williams couldn't escape the defense.

2013 Week 2 vs SEA (6 / 4 / 39 / 0 rec)

One of the most promising, yet most telling plays of the game came in the fourth quarter. Williams caught a wide receiver screen in space, with multiple linemen out in front for what could be a very long gain. All the pieces were in place, and Williams had all the speed to break down the sideline, behind his blockers. Instead, none of the linemen blocked Richard Sherman, who blew by the screen and planted Williams with a heavy hit. Unable to gain any separation downfield, Williams' catches came on short throws. A slant on 3rd and long with the defense playing soft. A comeback route over the short middle, where the defense swarmed soon after the catch. Without being able to beat the secondary with his speed, Williams had little chance of gaining body position on the powerful Seattle secondary. His best play came as a decoy, when Kaepernick pump faked towards him short, hoping to open up some coverage for Boldin downfield. Instead, Seattle remained disciplined and Kaepernick was forced to throw to Williams, who had enough space to sprint down the sideline for a 14-yard gain. But the complete lack of ability to gain separation downfield was glaring, and Williams' speed did not help the receiver run away from coverage.

2013 Week 3 vs IND (6 / 2 / 12 / 0 rec)

A poor performance from Williams, who showed that his greatest strength, his speed, may have been permanently sapped following his torn ACL. Unable to take the top off the coverage, Williams' lack of ability to beat man-to-man coverage was all the more glaring. Williams isn't the strongest of receivers and the corner was able to play him tight, harass him, push him around at the line of scrimmage. Without an inch of separation, Williams' targets were easily defended. Add in Kaepernick's spotty accuracy, the wide miss to Williams on an open hook route the most glaring, and Williams was mostly useless as a second receiver. His two catches came on the 49ers' last drive as Indianapolis played soft coverage, allowing Williams his 6 yard catches.

2013 Week 5 vs HOU (0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec, 1 / 13 / 0 rush)

Williams was used on an end around on the 49ers' first drive of the game. He escaped unblocked down the sideline showing off excellent speed.

2013 Week 6 vs ARI (2 / 1 / 14 / 0 rec)

Williams' lone catch came on a crossing route where Williams was able to stop mid-sprint and spin upfield, leaving the pursuing defender flat-footed as Williams broke down the middle for a 14-yard gain. However, the speed receiver was still unable to break away from man coverage and has showed almost no improvement in regards to such a glaring weakness.

2013 Week 7 vs TEN (1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

In the 4th quarter, Kaepernick threw a jump ball for Williams and the receiver was able to get to a high point and bring the ball down. However, the defender was able to tear the ball right out of Williams' hands after the receiver had substantial possession and the only thing saving the 49ers from a fumble were the referees whistling incomplete.

2013 Week 8 vs JAX (3 / 1 / 7 / 0 rec, 1 / 10 / 0 rush)

Given the opportunity to catch a ball on a WR screen, Williams was able to successfully run behind blockers and gain decent yardage. He also fumbled a kick and couldn't catch a red zone pass that hit him in the hands, continuing Williams' campaign to get Manningham rushed in to the line up.

2013 Week 10 vs CAR (2 / 1 / 5 / 0 rec)

Catching a quick wide receiver screen, Williams was able to run through 5 yards of space before taking a heavy shot.

2012 Week 3 vs MIN (3 / 2 / 16 / 0 rec)

Williams wasn't very active in the passing game, only catching 2 passes out of 3 thrown his way for 16 yards. Those two catches were mostly the result of the defense playing back to prevent a first down, though Williams made a nice play on the second catch to extend the ball for a first. His biggest contribution to the game was his kick returns of 93 and 50 yards in the second half, the result of some very good blocking.

2012 Week 5 vs BUF (2 / 2 / 50 / 1 rec, 1 / 6 / 0 rush)

The 49ers first used Williams in the run game, letting him carry an end-around that resulted in a 6 yard gain. But Williams' largest contribution came in the passing game, when he ran a crisp downfield route and turned to catch a well placed throw. Having beaten his man to the ball, Williams then spun around and left the corner flat footed. Williams was able to run in to the end zone for a touchdown.

2012 Week 7 vs SEA (4 / 1 / 18 / 0 rec, 1 / 3 / 0 rush)

Williams was given an end around on the first drive of the game when he used his blocking well and broke a tackle. However, the Seahawks defense had too much speed and there were three defenders there to limit him to a three yard gain. Williams' first target was on a deep pass that Alex Smith threw out of bounds. Williams was double covered either way. Smith came back to Williams deep down the other sideline two plays later, and this time the receiver was free, but Smith threw the ball out of bounds again. Smith eventually hit Williams on a deep curl route when he managed to turn his defender and run forward for 18 yards.

2012 Week 8 vs ARI (1 / 1 / 4 / 0 rec)

Williams had one catch on a short route, but wasn't able to do much with the defender on his back. The 49ers didn't run many packages with Williams, so his opportunities for production were limited.

2012 Week 10 vs STL (3 / 2 / 24 / 0 rec)

Williams had a limited day but almost made a costly error when he caught a short pass and turned up field, running past defenders and getting a first down. But as Williams was tackled, the safety tore the ball from his hands and Williams was lucky to fall on the loose ball. Later in the game, Williams made a nice catch on the sideline from a scrambling Kaepernick, making a good adjustment to stay inbounds and catch the low throw.

2012 Week 11 vs CHI (2 / 2 / 60 / 0 rec)

The majority of Williams' yardage came on a long bomb in the first quarter. Williams ran right past his man and was wide open running down the field. Kaepernick was able to throw a pass right over Williams' shoulder, and the wide receiver was able to continue streaking down field until he was eventually caught from behind. The separation off the line showed that Williams was capable of beating man coverage, and his ability to get wide open down field also demonstrated a good amount of speed, if not the top level speed that would have allowed him to break away for a touchdown. His other catch was a low throw by Kaepernick, and though he was able to readjust and scoop up the low ball, he was unable to get any additional yardage.

2012 Week 12 vs NO (1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Williams didn't record a catch on the day, but was targeted on Kaepernick's lone interception. The receiver was double covered and Kaepernick didn't recognize the coverage, being forced to rush his throw by a fumbled snap. Williams later left the game with a knee injury.

2011 Week 5 vs TB (1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Was targeted once along the right sideline deep and had a step but the ball was under thrown. We mention him also because of the injuries right now in San Fran. He could be thrust into the #3 WR job.

2011 Week 11 vs ARI (5 / 5 / 54 / 1 rec)

Williams had a breakout performance on Sunday playing against his hometown team. He converted all of his five targets and looked very good after the catch. Smith seemed to develop a rapport with Williams and looked for him on several key plays. They converted a critical 4th & 2 play where everybody was well covered but Williams was able to make a nice break on the Smith rollout for the first down. On the TD catch, the 49ers were having a horrible time converting in the red zone. Williams ran a simple out pattern then turned it up field and was able to stretch over two defenders for the 8 yard score.


2011 Week 13 vs STL (2 / 2 / 66 / 1 rec, 1 / 25 / 0 rush)

Williams had another good performance on Sunday. He converted both of his targets, which were both on 3rd down. One of those he was able to take a 10 yard pass and turn it into a 56 yard TD. He also took a carry for 25 yards. Each week he is earning more and more of a role in this offense.

2011 Week 14 vs ARI (6 / 4 / 42 / 0 rec, 1 / 7 / 0 rush)

Williams got involved to the tune of 6 targets, catching 4 of them. He showed excellent hands and concentration on one catch as he got hauled down as he brought it in. On another, he did a fine job getting to a low thrown ball. And he even chipped in with a reverse play, carrying the ball for a 7 yard gain. He definitely earned the right to more playing time, and with Braylon Edwards dinged up, he's likely to get it in the foreseeable future.

2011 Week 15 vs PIT (5 / 4 / 33 / 0 rec)

Williams is a receiver with high upside who is rounding into form in his young career. One play that showed a couple of Williams' potential speed bumps in his development was on San Francisco's first red zone opportunity. As the play broke down, Williams came open in the endzone, but Smith missed him. It was difficult to tell whether Williams should have sat down for his quarterback or whether Smith just threw it behind Williams. As he develops, their chemistry will develop as well. Williams' presence makes it very questionable as to whether Braylon Edwards returns next year.

2011 Week 16 vs SEA (5 / 1 / 4 / 0 rec)

Williams was targeted late in the half on a 4th down, but the ball was a little far off. And he had a defensive back in his face. He only had one catch despite the five targets and was injured on a scary looking return play in which, he went down without contact but thought the play was over. It was not, and as he kneeled with the ball, ready to give it up to the ref, he was absolutely hammered by two Seahawks at the same time on either side of him.

2011 Week 19 vs NO (6 / 2 / 12 / 0 rec)

He grabbed a couple balls but he was not overly targeted during the game either. He had a major crack back block late in the game to spring Alex Smith for a 28 yard TD run. That stat is not picked up on most sites but you need to know when guys make these plays as they stick in coaches minds when they are determining depth charts.

2011 Week 20 vs NYG (4 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Williams did nothing offense except recover a Kendall Hunter fumble. On special teams, he will be remembered as the goat in this one, with a punt that hit his shin setting up the Giants go-ahead score and then a fumbled punt in overtime to seal the game for the G-men. After a nice second half of the season, Williams may not be welcome back in San Francisco next year.