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November 25, 2012; New Orleans, LA, USA; San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick (7) and wide receiver Kyle Williams (10) walk to the sidelines following a series of downs against the New Orleans Saints during first quarter of their game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports

Kyle Williams becomes 'punt return candidate' with San Francisco 49ers

San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Kyle Williams never made a run at being a starter for one of the three wide receiver positions thanks to injuries, but with an injury to LaMichael James in the final preseason game, he’ll be the leading punt returner when he’s able to come back to the team.

In the midst of training camp, both Williams and Anquan Boldin were ahead of the rest of the 49ers’ receivers. As the preseason went on, both Quinton Patton and Marlon Moore distinguished themselves with impressive performances, earning their spots while Williams sat with hamstring and knee injuries.

Rotoworld explains what the 49ers’ outlook is like with the starting wide receivers, and that  James’ MCL sprain opens up Williams as “a punt return candidate.”

Williams never even made a run at one of San Francisco’s top-three wideout jobs. Expect the Niners to open the year with Marlon Moore at X receiver, Anquan Boldin at Z, and rookie Quinton Patton as the No. 3. Jon Baldwin will put heat on Moore. Williams is a punt return candidate after LaMichael James’ MCL sprain.

Williams is expected to be probable for the season opener against the Green Bay Packers on September 8th.


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