With the start of training camp for the San Francisco 49ers there are plenty of position battles for Niner fans to keep an eye on. The most exciting will be at wide receiver with the injury to Michael Crabtree at OTAs. Early favorites to be the top-two receivers are Anquan Boldin and Kyle Williams after both opened camp running a majority of their reps with the first-team.
Boldin is a lock to be the No. 1 receiver, but the competition to start opposite him is wide open. Williams, A.J. Jenkins, Ricardo Lockette and rookie Quinton Patton will all be battling it out for the No. 2 spot on the roster at wide receiver.
Williams was seen at practice catching a deep 35-yard pass from Colin Kaepernick. He ran right past rookie cornerback Marcus Cooper on the play. It was reported Williams showed no signs of his recent injury. He was running aggressively on plays and running at top-speed.
After practice Williams talked about getting back on the field after his season-ending knee injury he suffered in Week 12 last season:
You never really know until you get to go out there and practice, but I’ve felt good for a number of weeks now. I’ve been able to do just about everything you can do on your own. I’m prepared for it. I’m ready to go.
There’s a long way to go, however, this is exciting news to hear Williams not only running with the first-team, but also running at full-speed. With Williams emerging as an early leader in the competition, this will certainly light a spark under the rest of the young receivers, letting them know they need to step up.