SANTA CLARA -- The similarities between Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson and 49ers rookie B.J. Daniels are striking.
Both are 5-foot-11 and roughly the same weight. They are barely more than a year apart in age. Both distinguished themselves in college as runners as well as passers.
So the key question: Will Daniels be serving as the 49ers' Wilson clone in practice this week? It would appear to be a no-brainer, but Daniels chuckled at the notion Tuesday, albeit a bit sheepishly.
"I don't know yet," he said. "I honestly haven't been told yet. I'm going to do whatever the coaches ask me to do. Right now, I'm just trying to learn our offense."
Daniels, a seventh-round draft pick out of South Florida, impressed well enough in preseason to win the No. 3 quarterback job behind Colin Kaepernick and Colt McCoy.
But his similarities to Wilson could be fortuitous in practice while helping the 49ers defense prepare for the Seahawks' emerging star.
"B.J. and Russell are kind of similar," 49ers defensive end Aldon Smith said. "They're both guys who use their arms and their legs, so I'm sure we'll find a way to get B.J. to give us a good look this week."
Daniels conceded that Wilson is a quarterback he has tried to emulate.
"There are a lot of guys I've watched around the league, studied their games on film and feel like I have some of their attributes," Daniels said. "(Wilson) is definitely one of those people."
"I don't think we got pushed around," he said. "We didn't play our best football. So this week, we'll have two physical teams meeting up and we'll have enough time to prepare for each other, so we'll see what the results are after the game."
"It felt great to be out there again and just be a part of it all," Williams said. "I've been part of it in practice for the last month or so. But to be able to get hit and be able to feel it again, it meant the world to me."
Williams caught three passes for 36 yards Sunday against Green Bay but anticipates his workload will increase with opponents focusing on Anquan Boldin, who caught 13 passes for 208 yards.
"Good; that's perfectly fine with me and us as a whole," Williams said. "You double anybody, and that's going to leave somebody else open. We've experienced that before with people double-teaming Crab (Michael Crabtree) and Vernon (Davis). If you do that, it bodes well with the rest of the team, including me."