Kyle Williams: Giants 'have something that we should've had'


Kyle Williams: Giants 'have something that we should've had'

SANTA CLARA -- Quarterback Alex Smith described the 49ers' upcoming game against the New York Giants as "unfinished business."On Tuesday, Kyle Williams said he shares that outlook.
"Yeah, 100 percent," Williams said. "We look at it as they have something that we should've had. So going into it this year, we're going to make sure we don't leave anything like that on the field again this year."In the NFC championship game, Williams committed two turnovers on punt returns that proved costly in the 49ers' 20-17 overtime loss to the Giants, who went on to win the Super Bowl.Williams returned to the 49ers for a full offseason of work and earned his way back onto the roster with a strong training camp. He handled the punt-return chores flawlessly for the first three games of the season. Now, with Ted Ginn Jr. back on the field, Williams returns kickoffs and is the 49ers' No. 3 receiver.And, yes, when the schedule came out in the spring, he said he looked ahead to when the 49ers would play host to the Giants at Candlestick Park."There are a few teams I look forward to," he said. "Of course, after what happened last year, I want to get back at these guys."It's nothing other than any other team that beat us last year -- if the Ravens were on there, we look at Arizona, they beat us last year there. We want to beat them, too. It's not totally out of the ordinary. You want to win every single game."Williams has contributed to the 49ers' 4-1 start. In Week 2, he made a sliding recovery of a late-game kickoff that the Detroit Lions had to recover to have any chance for a late comeback. And on Sunday against the Buffalo Bills, Williams adjusted on a back-shoulder throw from quarterback Alex Smith, turned it back inside and dashed into the end zone for a 43-yard for the first touchdown of the 49ers' 45-3 victory."If you put in all that work in the offseason and you go through the kind of workouts we did as a team, you're definitely going be stronger," Williams said of his offseason training regimen. "And the results are going to come on the field. It's just one of those things, time is going to be the test of that and how we go through the whole season."RELATED: Kyle Williams 2012 game logs
Williams said he knows he does not have to force the issue and do too much on Sunday against the Giants. He just has to take care of his job."I'm comfortable in the way I approach every single game," Williams said. "I'm comfortable this week going into it. I can't wait. I'm not trying to do too much. We don't need anybody to do too much. Everybody plays their role and does what they need to do. And we'll be fine. We're a great team, everybody together."At the end of last season, Williams returned to action for the playoffs after missing a game due to a concussion. He was inserted to handle punt returns due to Ginn's ankle and knee injuries, which kept him out of action.After the game, Giants players revealed that they knew all about Williams' concussion history. Some said it was a priority to put a hit on Williams. The NFL took no action in the matter.Williams said he never heard anything from Giants players during that game to indicate he was being targeted. And Tuesday he said the topic is nothing worth discussing."It's not something I think was a major focal point for them, just trying to make sure they knocked me out of the game," Williams said. "It sounds stupid when you look back at it. They're playing football. Everybody is going to try to get to the ball and make a play on the ball. That's football. I don't think you need to pay too much attention to anything like that."

Report: 49ers UFA linebacker to visit Seahawks

Report: 49ers UFA linebacker to visit Seahawks

Gerald Hodges is in search of a new team and he's looking at a division rival of the 49ers.

The unrestricted free agent is scheduled to visit the Seahawks on Wednesday, according to ESPN.

Acquired in October of 2015 from Minnesota for a sixth-round pick, the four-year pro played in 25 games over the past two seasons with the 49ers.

In his time with San Francisco, the former fourth-round pick recorded three sacks, two interceptions and one fumble recovery.

But he was not considered a fit for the new 49ers under general manager John Lynch and coach Kyle Shanahan. Hodges was deactivated for a game late in the season at Atlanta for breaking team rules. He did not offer an explanation or apology

The 49ers have signed three linebackers through two weeks of free agency: Malcolm Smith, Brock Coyle and Dekoda Watson.

Donald Trump, Jim Harbaugh address Kaepernick's free agent status

Donald Trump, Jim Harbaugh address Kaepernick's free agent status

On the same day the FBI director announced members of Donald Trump’s presidential campaign are under investigation for colluding with Russia to influence the election, Trump turned his thoughts to Colin Kaepernick’s status as an NFL free agent.

And Jim Harbaugh, appearing on Pro Football Talk, suggested teams that are not showing interest in Kaepernick are making a mistake.

“I’ll tell you the same thing I tell them: I think he’s an outstanding player and I think he’s a great competitor who has proven it in games and has the ability to be not only an NFL starter but a great NFL player,” Harbaugh said Tuesday morning.

“He’ll have a great career and be a great quarterback, win championships.”

On Monday evening, during a rally in Kentucky, Trump made remarks about Kaepernick. In the lead-up to the November election, Kaepernick called Trump “openly racist” and said he would not vote for Hillary Clinton, either.

“And you know, your San Francisco quarterback? I’m sure nobody ever heard of him,” Trump said.

“There was an article today, it was reported that NFL owners don’t want to pick him up because they don’t want to get a nasty tweet from Donald Trump. Do you believe that? I just saw that. I just saw that. I said if I remember that one I’m gonna report it to the people of Kentucky. Because they like it when people actually stand for the American flag.”

Mike Freeman of Bleacher Report reported an AFC general manager told him there were three reasons Kaepernick has not signed. Some believe, according to the anonymous source, that Kaepernick can no longer play at a high level. Others “genuinely hate him” for kneeling during the national anthem as part of his protest of racial inequality in America.

And, “some teams fear the backlash from fans after getting him,” according to the report. “They think there might be protests or Trump will tweet about the team. I'd say that number is around 10 percent. Then there's another 10 percent that has a mix of those feelings.”

Kaepernick’s teammates voted him the winner of the Len Eshmont Award for courage and inspiration last season. It is historically the most prestigious award among 49ers players. But the 49ers have already signed veteran quarterbacks Brian Hoyer and Matt Barkley.

General manager John Lynch acknowledged last week on KNBR the odds of the 49ers bringing back Kaepernick are slim.

“I think the likelihood of that happening has gone down significantly. But we’re not going to close our mind or out options on anyone, including him,” Lynch said.

Even though there has been no reported interest in Kaepernick from any team around the league, Lynch said Kaepernick nearly signed with a team earlier during the free-agent signing period.

“I don’t know what happened to that market,” Lynch said. “He was, in everyone’s mind in this league, very close to signing a deal with a team at a really good number. And it fell through, apparently.”