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Kyle Williams: Giants 'have something that we should've had'

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Kyle Williams: Giants 'have something that we should've had'

SANTA CLARA -- Quarterback Alex Smith described the 49ers' upcoming game against the New York Giants as "unfinished business."On Tuesday, Kyle Williams said he shares that outlook.
"Yeah, 100 percent," Williams said. "We look at it as they have something that we should've had. So going into it this year, we're going to make sure we don't leave anything like that on the field again this year."In the NFC championship game, Williams committed two turnovers on punt returns that proved costly in the 49ers' 20-17 overtime loss to the Giants, who went on to win the Super Bowl.Williams returned to the 49ers for a full offseason of work and earned his way back onto the roster with a strong training camp. He handled the punt-return chores flawlessly for the first three games of the season. Now, with Ted Ginn Jr. back on the field, Williams returns kickoffs and is the 49ers' No. 3 receiver.And, yes, when the schedule came out in the spring, he said he looked ahead to when the 49ers would play host to the Giants at Candlestick Park."There are a few teams I look forward to," he said. "Of course, after what happened last year, I want to get back at these guys."It's nothing other than any other team that beat us last year -- if the Ravens were on there, we look at Arizona, they beat us last year there. We want to beat them, too. It's not totally out of the ordinary. You want to win every single game."Williams has contributed to the 49ers' 4-1 start. In Week 2, he made a sliding recovery of a late-game kickoff that the Detroit Lions had to recover to have any chance for a late comeback. And on Sunday against the Buffalo Bills, Williams adjusted on a back-shoulder throw from quarterback Alex Smith, turned it back inside and dashed into the end zone for a 43-yard for the first touchdown of the 49ers' 45-3 victory."If you put in all that work in the offseason and you go through the kind of workouts we did as a team, you're definitely going be stronger," Williams said of his offseason training regimen. "And the results are going to come on the field. It's just one of those things, time is going to be the test of that and how we go through the whole season."RELATED: Kyle Williams 2012 game logs
Williams said he knows he does not have to force the issue and do too much on Sunday against the Giants. He just has to take care of his job."I'm comfortable in the way I approach every single game," Williams said. "I'm comfortable this week going into it. I can't wait. I'm not trying to do too much. We don't need anybody to do too much. Everybody plays their role and does what they need to do. And we'll be fine. We're a great team, everybody together."At the end of last season, Williams returned to action for the playoffs after missing a game due to a concussion. He was inserted to handle punt returns due to Ginn's ankle and knee injuries, which kept him out of action.After the game, Giants players revealed that they knew all about Williams' concussion history. Some said it was a priority to put a hit on Williams. The NFL took no action in the matter.Williams said he never heard anything from Giants players during that game to indicate he was being targeted. And Tuesday he said the topic is nothing worth discussing."It's not something I think was a major focal point for them, just trying to make sure they knocked me out of the game," Williams said. "It sounds stupid when you look back at it. They're playing football. Everybody is going to try to get to the ball and make a play on the ball. That's football. I don't think you need to pay too much attention to anything like that."

What they're saying: Happy Thanksgiving 2017

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What they're saying: Happy Thanksgiving 2017

Bay Area sports teams and your favorite players have plenty to be thankful for this year. 

Check out how the teams and players are celebrating Thanksgiving in 2017.

Shanahan: Garoppolo's best football will come next season

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Shanahan: Garoppolo's best football will come next season

SANTA CLARA – The two quarterbacks who finish this season with the 49ers are probably going to be the same two quarterbacks the organization carry on their 2018 roster.

So every decision coach Kyle Shanahan makes with C.J. Beathard and Jimmy Garoppolo is being made to consider what is best for those two players.

Shanahan made the expected announcement this week that Beathard will make his fifth consecutive start on Sunday when the 49ers face the Seattle Seahawks at Levi’s Stadium.

Beathard is coming off his best game as a pro. He was a major contributor to the 49ers’ first victory of the season, throwing for 288 yards, throwing two touchdowns and rushing for a score in a 31-21 victory over the New York Giants. His performance seemingly did enough to earn him another start.

Meanwhile, Garoppolo pulled up to 49ers headquarters on Oct. 31 with no prior knowledge of Shanahan’s offensive system. Even as a rookie, Beathard has five more months of experience in the 49ers’ offense than Garoppolo, a four-year professional who made just two starts during his time with the New England Patriots.

“We’ve had C.J. in there for some time,” Shanahan said. “He’s getting more used to it, and I’m getting more used to him. The players are getting more used to him around him. It’s been nice to add a few things each week for him.”

General manager John Lynch reiterated this week he considers Garoppolo the 49ers’ quarterback of the future. Garoppolo is not under contract for next season. If the 49ers are unable to work out a multi-year extension, the club would be expected to designate him as their franchise player to retain him for the 2018 season.

Garoppolo is likely to get some playing time in the final six games of the season, but the 49ers have every reason to take their time in order to give him the best chance at success. On the first three days of the bye week, Garoppolo had a chance to go back to the beginning and learn the basics of the scheme in meetings with quarterbacks coach Rich Scangarello and Shanahan.

Shanahan’s scheme is complex with unique verbiage and an abundance of adjustments that are required on any given play. Atlanta quarterback Matt Ryan took a step backward in his first season in Shanahan's scheme. The next year, Ryan was a runaway MVP winner with a career-high 38 touchdowns and a career-low seven interceptions.

It took Ryan a full season of experience with Shanahan to fully grasp his responsibilities, so it is unreasonable to believe Garoppolo would be able to do much more than just function if he gets onto the field for extended action.

“Jimmy gets more and more ready each week,” Shanahan said. “Is Jimmy going to be the best he can? To me, that’s impossible. He just hasn’t been here long enough, and I think he’ll get an opportunity to be better each week.

“I don’t think we’re going to see Jimmy’s best football, to be fair to him, until next year because that’s what guys need. But C.J. did play his best football last week, which definitely, to me, made the decision easier.”