The San Francisco 49ers wrap up the 2016 NFL preseason with a road contest against the San Diego Chargers. While most starters won’t play, which players should beg our attention. Niner Noise looks at five to watch this Thursday.
The regular season is nearly upon us, and the San Francisco 49ers have one last order of on-field business before Week 1 kicks off.
San Francisco ends its preseason with one more exhibition bout against the San Diego Chargers. The game kicks off at 10 p.m. ET at Qualcomm Stadium.
The fourth game of a preseason rarely looks anything like a regular-season games. Starters almost never play, and the snaps are almost always reserved for players vying to climb the depth chart or merely hold onto a roster spot.
As such, Thursday’s contest may look a little ugly and disjointed. But that’s OK. There is still a good deal of evaluation to be had.
For San Francisco, this game will provide the last opponent-versus-opponent look head coach Chip Kelly and the Niners brass will get prior to the regular season. And with a number of roster spots to be had, a primarily young 49ers team will look to make the most of the opportunity.
So let’s look at five of these players likely to see a bit more time and break down why we should pay attention to them in San Diego.
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