“Anthony Davis, starting right tackle, has been reinstated by the NFL after taking a hiatus from the NFL last season. Davis, 26, took what was expected to be a temporary break from the NFL in June 2015, an announcement that came on the heels of a 2014 season in which he started just seven games and dealt with knee, hamstring and head injuries.
Although Davis can certainly help fill a void on a 49ers line that ranked 31st in the NFL in pass protection rate in 2015, according to ESPN Stats & Info, losing Williams is a significant blow to San Francisco’s defense, particularly against the run.
Williams has struggled with ankle issues in the past and missed parts of the 2013 and 2014 seasons with similar ailments. He took to Twitter on Friday night to say that a comeback isn’t out of the question this time, either.
When it comes to regaining the trust of his teammates after a tumultuous year in which he didn’t play and occasionally took to Twitter to air his grievances, Davis will have some work to do to re-establish himself, but he is being welcomed back.
“It’s good to have him back, definitely,” running back Carlos Hyde said. “He’s a guy that’s going to be able to come in and help our offensive line out a lot. We have also got young guys who are going to be competing for that spot too, so I don’t think anything is going to be given to him. He’s definitely going to have to come in and work for it, just like everybody else has got to come in here and work for their spot, so I’m really looking forward to training camp, where you really get to see what you have.”(ESPN)
The 49ers were just awful last season, there really is no other way to describe them. In addition to them losing Frank Gore and their quarterback going through a major slump year, many players retired which made the team take a huge step back. While Carlos Hyde and a young defense emerged from last season, they had too difficult of a time trying to find any formidable success. What does Davis’ return mean for fantasy owners? Hopefully even better things for anyone who drafts RB Carlos Hyde. A better offensive line would help fantasy owners have faith in Carlos Hyde’s health.