Packers vs. 49ers: 5 San Francisco Players to Watch in Third Preseason Bout

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Aug 20, 2016; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Broncos quarterback Paxton Lynch (12) is sacked by San Francisco 49ers linebacker Marcus Rush (44) in the third quarter at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. The 49ers defeated the Broncos 31-24. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports /

Linebacker Marcus Rush

The 49ers pass rush is going to be without linebacker Aaron Lynch (suspension) for the first four games of 2016. So the Niners may want to see what they have elsewhere.

Veteran linebacker Ahmad Brooks will get some first-team looks, but keep an eye on linebacker Marcus Rush as well. After all, Rush accounted for three of the 49ers’ six sacks in Denver.

Even Pro Football Focus’ Jeff Deeney touted Rush, and fellow pass-rusher Tank Carradine, in the site’s breakdown of preseason Week 2 performances:

PFF also ranked Green Bay’s 2015 offensive line seventh in the league this year, so it will be interesting to monitor how Rush will perform against an upper-echelon unit.

Perhaps it’s a good thing Rush is vying for a roster spot. The added motivation could go along way, especially if the former Michigan State product is trying to stay away from the practice squad this season.

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