49ers lose preseason finale to Chargers, these looming questions remain

Preseason games don't matter except when it comes to figuring out what's next.
San Francisco 49ers quarterback Sam Darnold (14)
San Francisco 49ers quarterback Sam Darnold (14) / Thearon W. Henderson/GettyImages
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San Francisco 49ers, Dee Winters
San Francisco 49ers linebacker Dee Winters / Michael Zagaris/GettyImages

49ers question No. 4: Which good players get cut?

With the preseason over, the 49ers now face the kind of decisions that 31 other teams have to face.

Roster cut-down day takes place this upcoming Tuesday, meaning the Niners have to go from their current 90-man squad down to 53 players for Week 1, and there are going to be some starting-caliber players who are ultimately let go.

Rather than going through each position, there are a few groups that'll be tougher than others.

Especially at linebacker where depth players like Demetrius Flannigan-Fowles and Marcelino McCrary-Ball are fighting off rookies like Dee Winters and Jalen Graham.

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Equally challenging might be San Francisco's defensive line, particularly when it comes to evaluating pass-rushers like Kerry Hyder versus Clelin Ferrell, or Austin Bryant versus Breeland Speaks.

Other challenges face an injury-plagued wide receiver crop, while the offensive line depth faces questions of its own.

At least there are a few days for Kyle Shanahan to figure all of that out, though.

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