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Kyle Williams to open as San Francisco 49ers' No. 2 receiver while honoring fallen teammate

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Sep 23, 2012; Minneapolis, MN, USA; San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Kyle Williams (10) gains 7 yards on a pass as Minnesota Vikings linebacker Jasper Brinkley (54) tackles him in the second quarter at the Metrodome. Vikings win 24-13. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Kluckhohn-USA TODAY Sports


With receiver Michael Crabtree on the mend for likely the majority of the season, the San Francisco 49ers are looking fro another receiver to step-up and become a  No.2 option next to Anquan Boldin. It appears they think Kyle Williams is the man for the job, at least for this week:

Williams is expected to open as the 49ers’ No. 2 wide receiver. Coach Jim Harbaugh said he has been impressed with what he’s seen from Williams, who sustained a season-ending knee injury last November. Williams did not play in any of the four exhibition games, but Harbaugh likes what he has seen in practices.

“He’s had an extremely good camp,” Harbaugh said. “(He’s) getting better, getting faster. I think he’s come back stronger and faster than he was before. That’s so important when you’re coming off a big injury to come back stronger and fitter than before. Because if you come back the same, there’s a chance the same thing will happen.

“You notice that he’s a better, stronger version of himself.”

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