49ers wide receiver Kyle Williams has been hard at work rehabbing his left knee since he tore his ACL back on November 25. Williams and Kendall Hunter went out on the same play, and both are looking to get back in time for training camp. We have not heard updates on Hunter, but Williams sent out this tweet earlier today.
Ran today first time since surgery and felt great #speed— Kyle Williams (@KyleWilliams_10) March 26, 2013
I had a chance to talk with Williams at one of the many media sessions the week of the Super Bowl. I asked him about his rehab and at that point he was confident he would ready to go in advance of training camp. He decided, in working with the trainers, that he would not push it for OTAs and minicamps in May and June. And given that it is light work in comparison to training camp, it makes sense to make sure he's back at 100% and good to go.
When Williams does get back, he's going to find himself in a battle for playing time at wide receiver. Although the team is parting ways with Randy Moss and Ted Ginn, the addition of Anquan Boldin more than makes up for the snaps Moss and Ginn took up in the wide receiver corps. Mario Manningham is working back from his own injury, which is likely going to cost him a good chunk of training camp. A.J. Jenkins will get his opportunity for more snaps in training camp, and we don't know yet if the 49ers will add another wide receiver through the draft.
Williams still seems like a strong bet to make the roster, but coming off a severe knee injury could hurt any advantage he might have. For Williams, and Manningham as well, they will have their work cut out for them in training camp.