Against the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday, Kyle Williams set career highs in catches and yards.
But despite the career day, the second-year wideout was humble in speaking to reporters on Monday. Really, Williams just hopes capitalizing on the opportunity against the Cardinals will result in more chances to make plays going forward.
“There are so many people on this team who can make plays,” said Williams, who leads 49ers wide receivers with two touchdown catches this season. “You never know if it’s going to be you or when it’s going to be you. So when your number is called, to be able to come out and make those plays for your teammates and show that you can step in at any moment, too, is just so important.”
Coming into Sunday, Williams had five career receptions. By the end of the day, he matched his career output with five catches that went for 54 yards, including an 8-yard touchdown catch in the third quarter.
Williams, however, expected to be involved in the game plan for the Cardinals. In recent weeks he’s been more involved in the offense, catching passes in San Francisco’s last three wins, and saw Sunday’s NFC West matchup as a great time to break out further.
Fittingly, Williams’ performance against Arizona’s pro team reminded him of his role with the Arizona State Sun Devils.
In Williams’ mind, he’s now being called on to exploit mismatches against bigger slot defenders who can’t handle his 4.3, 40-yard dash speed. At times, Williams found Cardinals rookie linebacker Sam Acho matched up on him, and Williams couldn’t help but get excited.
“I think that favors us as an offense,” Williams added. “It’s a change up for us.”
Equally beneficial is the widespread impact the receivers have had on the 49ers offense. At various times, wideouts like Michael Crabtree, Braylon Edwards and Ted Ginn Jr. have been called upon to help the unit. Sunday was seemingly Williams’ turn, which earned him the respect of his peers.
Williams called his fellow wide receivers, “brothers,” and added that the group can be selfish when it comes to winning.
“We want to win and that’s the only thing we’re selfish about, getting wins as a team,” Williams said. “I don’t think we care who does it, just that it gets done.”
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