Williams may not provide much of a boost to the passing game, but once he learns the playbook it can’t hurt the Chiefs to give him a try. It shouldn’t be a huge transition for Williams, who played with quarterback Alex Smith the last few seasons with the San Francisco 49ers and is walking into a similar offensive system.
The Chiefs' leading wide receiver, Dwayne Bowe, is having his worst season from a statistical standpoint. And Bowe was arrested last weekend on charges of possession of a controlled substance and speeding. The Chiefs said Bowe will play Sunday against the Broncos in Denver, but he could eventually be suspended by the NFL for violating its substance-abuse policy.
While it’s unlikely the NFL would move so quickly as to suspend Bowe this season, the Chiefs could be preparing for a suspension by claiming Williams.
Williams also worked some as the 49ers’ kickoff- and punt-return specialist, though this season he averaged only 5.1 yards on punts and 19.1 yards on kickoffs. The Chiefs are seemingly set at kick returner -- Quintin Demps is among the league leaders in kickoff-return average -- and Dexter McCluster had an electrifying 89-yard punt return for a touchdown in a September game against the New York Giants.
McCluster was listed on Kansas City’s injury report Wednesday as being a limited practice participant because of a sore ankle.