May 29, 2012; Santa Clara, CA, USA; San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Kyle Williams (10) during organized team activities at the San Francisco 49ers training facility. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-US PRESSWIRE
Yesterday afternoon, LA Times columnist Sam Farmer put together a feature on the 49ers hopes coming into this year, while focusing primarily on wide receiver Kyle WIlliams and his efforts to return from the pain of the NFC Championship Game. We don't need to rehash the game itself, but the return of Kyle WIlliams will be notable to follow in the coming weeks. He is not guaranteed a roster spot, but I would be a bit surprised if he ended up getting cut.
The article had a particularly interesting quotation that provides some insight into what he's thinking
"There's a certain type of fire that burns in you after you've felt that type of pain," Williams said. "I don't know that I've ever understood that before, because it's never been that severe. I was fortunate growing up. My dad is who he is, and I was very fortunate to have the advantages I did as a kid. But now I understand it. Now I get it. There's a certain type of intensity that I've never felt before."
Cam Inman put together a Kyle Williams article last night, and he mentioned how following the loss, when Kyle Williams addressed the media the next day, a veteran said in private that "Williams' career could go one of two ways: He'd either rebound well from this, or it could mentally crush his career."
In a perfect world, Williams would rebound and turn into an absolute monster of a receiver, fueled by the criticism following last year. That's obviously fairly optimistic, but it's still something to root for given how far down he was six months ago.