The first of 10 Organized Team Activities has been completed. Following the first session, a number of players met with local reporters, including wide receiver Kyle Williams, who made his first public comments of the offseason.
The 5-foot-10, 186-pound, third-year wideout told the Bay Area media he began training for this coming season just days after the 49ers were defeated in the NFC Championship Game. Williams lost two fumbled punts in the defeat, but said the mistakes have fueled his training this offseason.
“It’s not like you want to forget about something like that,” Williams said in an interview transcript provided by Matt Barrows of The Sacramento Bee. “You want to build off of that, learn from it, take it as a mistake and build off it, you know? It was a tough time, obviously, for me and for the whole team. But the way these guys had my back, they continue to have my back. That, coupled with the work ethic has just kind of been a good therapy for me. So I’ve just been going hard, and I’m ready to go. I’m ready to go now.”
Williams’ postseason miscues overshadowed his solid contributions as a wide receiver in the closing weeks of the regular season. With the 49ers needing wins to lock up the NFC’s No. 2 overall seed, 16 of Williams’ career-high 20 receptions came in between Weeks 11 through 16.
However, the pain from the NFC title game remains vivid in the young receiver’s mind and has continued to push him to work harder.
“I haven’t really stopped,” Williams said of his offseason regimen. “Ever since a week after that last game, I’ve been going. There was no break and I’ve been going full-throttle since then. I feel great.”
More 49ers headlines stemming from OTAs can be found after the jump. (That being the “Read More” button for those who’ve inquired…)
Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com passes along comments from 49ers all-time rushing leader Frank Gore who switched up his offseason routine entering his eighth season with the 49ers. Maiocco: “Worse than the physical pounding Gore took last season, he said, was the emotional anguish of losing in the NFC championship game in overtime to the eventual Super Bowl champion New York Giants.
Judy Batista of The New York Times writes that NFL owners have made thigh and knee pads mandatory for the 2013 season. Batista: “The league said it was “common sense” that the pads would make players safer from thigh contusions and knee bruises. Commissioner Roger Goodell said he was recently told by a Nike executive that N.B.A. players wear more padding below the waist than N.F.L. players.”
Lastly, 49ers.com’s OTA coverage included a video highlighting players discussing their first offseason under Jim Harbaugh. 49ers offensive linemen also spoke about how they’re building stronger bonds through offseason workouts.
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The 49ers Pro Bowl specialist trio enjoyed a golf outing after Tuesday’s OTA session.
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