Originally posted by dtg_9er:
When he was thrown to the ground by a DB it disturbed me...too light? Not strong enough? But then you could consider he got under a DBs skin enough to draw a penalty.
I really like this guy and believe he will be a valuable receiver. He has what Williams doesn't...the ability to get open and catch passes in a wide radius. The injuries are unfortunate but they happen. Willis has been out of games the past couple of years but I don't hear guys calling him names for it. Just happens in a rough game.
We need to quit comparing other receivers to Williams. Patton has his game. Williams has his...and they are different.
Williams is very quick in tight spaces. Writers have noted in practice that none of the DBs can consistently cover him out of the slot in those quick routes.
What he can't do is out run DBs in open space.
Roman needs to put him on routes that utilize HIS talents, not on routes Roman would LIKE to have run but are not within his ability. This is a criticism I have of Harbaugh/Roman in general. They tend to stubbornly install game plans and play calls that suit THEIR ideas but are not the best for the players. The Ram game was both a breath of fresh air and a demonstration of my point: After two games of getting their butt kicked by trying to use tricks and gimmicks instead of the solid I-formation based run game that had been such a winner in 2011 and 2012, they went back to what fits the abilities of the OL and Frank Gore, and we won. (of course playing the Rams helped)
Williams can be a useful #3 receiver on this team if used properly.
[ Edited by dj43 on Sep 28, 2013 at 9:38 AM ]