The San Francisco 49ers have their first NFC West divisional game this Thursday night against the Seattle Seahawks. And it’s a big one.
Every play figures to be crucial in a matchup of 4-2 teams who are locked into a three-way tie for first place.
Third-year 49ers wideout Kyle Williams aims to make an impact on NFL Network’s “Thursday Night Football” matchup. The 5-foot-10, 186-pound receiver continues to contribute on offense with 10 catches for 106 yards this season, including a 43-yard touchdown catch against the Buffalo Bills. Williams has also taken over kick return responsibilities for the 49ers. He’s averaged 27.5 yards on 12 returns, including a 94-yard kickoff return against the Minnesota Vikings.
Williams joined our latest Niner Talk podcast to discuss his role on the team, his relationships with fellow wide receivers and his MLB postseason predictions. It’s safe to say the son of Chicago White Sox general manager Kenny Williams did not take Detroit to win it all.
For the Seattle perspective, Seahawks.com writer Clare Farnsworth offered his takes on Seattle’s improving quarterback, dominant run game and underrated defense.
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Here are some of the highlights from both interviews.
[1:00–Williams’ thoughts on his offseason dedication paying off in the regular season.]
“It’s one of those things where you have to take the bad taste that’s in your mouth and kind of flip it and turn it into a positive thing. Working my tail off was my way of doing it. I had a nice group of guys out there in Arizona on campus that kept me going, we kept each other going. We had a nice group and I think that’s a direct result of some of the success I’ve had so far and it’s just a matter of keeping it going.”
[1:45 – Williams’ thoughts on the wide receiver camaraderie among 49ers wideouts.]
“(Randy Moss) is one of the best to ever play the position. Ever. For sure, first-ballot Hall of Famer. Just to be able to learn and pick his brain a little bit, get tips here and there, helps us become better players, all of us as a group. We’re really brothers. We said it last year and added a couple more this year, we’re brothers, everybody’s got each other’s back. I think that directly translates to how we play on the field. We got each other’s backs. When someone makes a catch, everybody’s going downfield trying to make a block so they can get to the house. It’s one of those things, we’re family. It goes throughout this whole locker room. We’re a family in here. You hear it a lot, but we truly take on that with our whole team.”
[6:30 –Farnsworth’s view of Russell Wilson’s development.]
“What Russell Wilson has done is continue to grow in this offense. The Seahawks are a lot like the 49ers, they play excellent defense and they try to set up the play-action with the running game which features Marshawn Lynch. Early on, there were some training wheels on this thing for Russell. They didn’t want to give him too much, they didn’t want to lean on him too much. But last week against the Patriots, they knew they needed to run the ball, but they knew they needed to throw the ball deep to compete with those guys. He came out and almost threw for 300 yards, the three touchdowns (he had), two of them were in the final seven and a half minutes to close out the victory. And one, you can’t forget to Doug Baldwin earlier in the game was just as effective. (Wilson) was very efficient and productive, more so than he’s been in his previous games. He was coming off a stretch where he threw five interceptions in two games which isn’t going to work in this offense.”
[12:50 – Farsnworth’s matchup to watch on Sunday. ]
“I definitely agree with (the matchup of Joe Staley or Alex Boone vs. Chris ) Clemons because of his speed and his relentlessness. Whoever’s playing over there is going to have a tough time with him. And in the draft they were able to get Bruce Irvin to play opposite of him in the nickel line, so they have another speed pass-rusher coming off the edge. The two of them have 11 sacks between them, that’s been a real plus. But the matchup I’m most looking forward to is Pro Bowl fullback on Pro Bowl middle linebacker Patrick Willis. These guys know each other, they were teammates. They were on the Pro Bowl squad together. I asked Michael about renewing his close relationship with Patrick and he said, ‘I get to see Patrick a couple of times. We used to call it, ‘mustache to mustache.’ I get to smell his breath a little bit – it will be fun.’ Robinson said he enjoys going against competition of this level and said he’s going to have a fun time on Thursday. If you consider a fun time ramming into Patrick Willis time after time, that shows you a little bit about the mental makeup of Michael Robinson.”
Tags: Alex Boone, Joe Staley, Kyle Williams, Randy Moss
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