49ers vs. Vikings: 7 San Francisco Players You Must Watch on Friday

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49ers vs. Vikings: 7 San Francisco Players You Must Watch on Friday
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The San Francisco 49ers are finally set to kick off the preseason on Friday, 6 p.m. PT. Their Week 1 preseason matchup will be against the Minnesota Vikings at Candlestick Park.

The 49ers have an awful lot of talent to display, and the competition is high.

Whether it is at outside linebacker, cornerback, wide receiver or offensive line, there are plenty of storylines in play that will receive a serious kick by the time Friday night's game ends. With the rookies, UDFAs and new acquisitions via free agency, there will be a handful of new faces wearing red and gold, and this will be their first outing in front of their respective fanbase. 

Before fans go ahead and give praise to a player, they must consider and constantly pay attention to the level of competition. For instance, if A.J. Jenkins catches a ball against a UDFA wide receiver trying out at cornerback, then it's not all that spectacular.

With dozens of players auditioning for a job, I'll walk you through seven 49ers players to watch this preseason, starting Friday.

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