Williams was a no brainer and he seems to be developing nicely, which will render Richardson very tradeable in the offseason. Devin Smith's lack of development is of minor concern. He was hurt and missed a fair amount of camp and most of the early games. He's about 8-10 weeks behind as a result. Rookie receivers are hit and miss. Some come in like gangbusters but some take time to develop. I remember Alshon Jeffrey being tagged as a bust as a rookie, he was out of shape, didn't seem to care, got hurt, etc. etc. Now look at him. We have a clear 1 and 2 ahead of him. Smith being an impact player this year would have always been seen as a bonus. It was never a necessity. They knew this when he was drafted. Mauldin looks like he might be a beast. Kids got a motor that never stops and always seems to be in on the action when he's on the field. If you actually read Gailey's comments he actually said "I don't like where he is but I like where he's going." Kid was a fourth rounder because he needed work. Gailey thinks he's heading in the right direction. If Fitz continues to not be able to get the job done, I'd give Geno a couple of starts and then Petty a couple of starts. We ain't winning anything this year anyway, Mac and Bowles ain't going anywhere. This is the perfect opportunity to assess these guys.
Actually, them coming off their biggest win of the year and facing a short week to play an opponent that had 11 days is a recipe for a flat, awful performance. At least that's the way it usually works with us.