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Williams faces struggle to earn 49ers roster spot

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Williams faces struggle to earn 49ers roster spot

It's not going to be easy for Kyle Williams to make the team.Right now, he's in decent shape. But if the 49ers add a wide receiver within the first four rounds, the task becomes very difficult.In a Friday post that told of four pass-catchers who might be available for the 49ers with the No. 30 overall selection, it was written that Michael Crabtree, Mario Manningham, Randy Moss and Ted Ginn are the 49ers' top four receivers.MAIOCCO: 49ers' pass-catching options at No. 30
That statement inspired a comment from afimisfits89 wondering why I listed Ginn, and not Williams, as the No. 4 receiver.The 49ers are rarely going to send four wide receivers onto the field during the course of a game. That's because tight end Vernon Davis never comes off the field, and the 49ers always figure to have either Frank Gore or Kendall Hunter in the huddle on third downs.So that means the No. 4 receiver spot is likely to be the 49ers' return specialist. And the 49ers' return specialist is Ted Ginn.Ginn went onto the free-agent market in hopes of finding more playing time as a wide receiver. When he did not find a team willing to find an expanded role for him on offense, he returned to the 49ers on a one-year contract.Ginn has been steady -- and, at times, spectacular -- as a return man. Wiliams' two turnovers in the NFC championship game proved costly. But his diving catch of a punt in the first half of that game was equally troubling because it brought his decision-making into doubt.
It's difficult to imagine the 49ers would put Williams in a position to return punts again in a pressurized situation.Williams does have skills as a slot receiver, no doubt. But is he good enough to win play time over the current group of receivers? Right now, he's the No. 5 receiver. The 49ers are likely to add a quality receiver in the draft, too, which would likely bump him to No. 6.
The 49ers gave no guaranteed money to Moss, so it's not a given that the veteran will be around when the team breaks camp. If Moss has the desire to play after unretiring -- and he still has his physical tools -- it should make for good better competition.And it will also make Williams' spot on the team tenuous.

49ers CEO Jed York responds to Trump's 'callous and offensive comments'

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49ers CEO Jed York responds to Trump's 'callous and offensive comments'

San Francisco 49ers CEO Jed York responded emphatically to the comments of President Donald Trump's views of those who take a knee in NFL games during the national anthem. 

Speaking in Huntsville, AL, on Friday, Trump told a group of his supporters during a campaign rally, "wouldn't you love to see one of these NFL owners, when someone disrespects our flag to say, 'get that son of a bitch off the field right now. Out. He's fired. He's fired."

Former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick was the first to sit and then kneel during the national anthem as a protest against social injustices last season. As he did last season, 49ers safety Eric Reid has continued to take a knee during the 2017 season.

York was the third representative of an NFL team to speak out against Trump's actions. Since then, the Packers and Falcons have issued a statements. 

Colin Kaepernick's mom responds to Trump's 'son of a b----' remark

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Colin Kaepernick's mom responds to Trump's 'son of a b----' remark

In front of a raucus crowd at a rally in Alabama on Friday night, President Trump had pointed words for NFL players that are kneeling and protesting during the National Anthem.

“Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, you’d say, ’Get that son of a bitch off the field right now. Out! He’s fired,” Trump said.

Colin Kaepernick, who kneeled before every 49ers game last season, has yet to respond to those comments. But his mom, Teresa, made her thoughts clear on Twitter Friday night.

"Guess that makes me a proud bitch!" Teresa said in response to a journalist tweeting an article with Trump's comments.