The Kansas City Chiefs claimed depth wide receiver and returner Kyle Williams off of waivers in the middle of last season after the San Francisco 49ers decided to cut ties with him, but he was only able to appear in one game for his new team after tearing his ACL in late November. An ACL tear is always awful news, but it was especially crushing for Williams, who seemed to lose some explosiveness after a knee injury the prior season, which played a role in his release from the 49ers after nine games.
Williams comes into the 2014 season with two left ACL tears under his belt, but the Chiefs still seem to like him after re-signing him this offseason. He’ll be given every opportunity to earn a roster spot and compete for special teams duties, but it could be an uphill battle given his injury history. That said, he was able to start training camp, and this is essentially what head coach Andy Reid projected for the 27-year-old Arizona State product.
According to ESPN NFL Nation’s Adam Teicher, the Chiefs are interested in seeing how Williams fits Reid’s offense, and the wide receiver added that the team always wanted him back. He has a chance to impress them and make good on their faith in him, and the great news is that his knee appears to be doing well. Williams said, “The knee feels good. It feels stable. It feels like a solid knee. I feel like myself out there. I felt like last year when I came in I could help. I feel the same way this year.”
I’m not sure Williams was truly “himself” last year, but hopefully he can work himself into some sort of a role on the Chiefs. There are a lot of names gunning for a roster spot at receiver, but none of them are a sure thing. With 47 career receptions and plenty of special teams experience, Williams is definitely one of the veterans.