Chiefs receiver Kyle Williams is one of a handful of veterans who have been practicing with the rookies and quarterbacks since Monday, even though his fellow veterans aren’t required to practice until Thursday.
But Williams, who saw his 2013 season end in November when he tore the ACL in his left knee (for the second straight year), realized how it important it was for him to get into camp early and make an impression.
“For a guy in my situation, coming off an ACL (injury), it’s huge,” said Williams, who sat out the majority of organized team activities in June while he recovered. “You get to knock those cobwebs off and kind of get back into the swing of things before we really get going.”
The Chiefs claimed Williams off waivers from San Francisco on Nov. 13, and he played four snaps on special teams in the Chiefs’ 27-17 loss to Denver on Nov. 17. He injured his knee during practice the following week and was placed on injured reserve.
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Williams, 26, is listed at 5 feet 10 and 186 pounds. In 2013, he caught 12 passes for 113 yards on 27 targets, returned 12 punts for 61 yards and returned seven kicks for 134 yards during his time with the 49ers.
Williams will compete with the 12 other receivers on the roster for playing time at receiver, both outside and in the slot, and at kick and punt return.
He is excited about his chance to work in Chiefs’ coach Andy Reid’s offense.
“In camp and just in the offense in general, if you’ve ever watched Andy Reid’s offenses back in Philly, you know he throws the ball,” Williams said. “He has a lot of activity, as far as inside, outside — he mixes it up a lot. You feel like there is an opportunity there as a receiver and anybody on your offense, really ... it’s definitely something you want to get involved in.”
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