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San Francisco 49ers: 5 Players Poised for a Breakout Campaign in 2013

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San Francisco 49ers: 5 Players Poised for a Breakout Campaign in 2013
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Colin Kaepernick will lead the 49ers' offense.

The San Francisco 49ers came within five yards of winning the Super Bowl last season. There have been several changes to the 49ers' roster as they attempt to take the final step to bringing a world championship back to San Francisco.

Gone are mainstays Alex Smith, Dashon Goldson, Isaac Sopoaga and David Akers. Top reserves Delanie Walker and Ricky Jean-Francois have also departed.

The 49ers added veterans Anquan Boldin, Nnamdi Asomugha, Glenn Dorsey, Craig Dahl and Phil Dawson. GM Trent Baalke is also hoping top draft selections Eric Reid and Tank Carradine can contribute right away.

The 49ers have an outstanding core of veterans that lead the team, both on and off the field. Frank Gore, Michael Crabtree, Joe Staley and Vernon Davis lead the offense. Justin Smith, Patrick Willis, NaVorro Bowman, Aldon Smith and Donte Whitner spearhead the defense.

With such a strong core of veterans, the 49ers still need some of their younger players to step up and make a positive impact. We'll take a look at five key players that are in line for breakout performances in the coming year.

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