The 8 Biggest Storylines Heading into San Francisco 49ers Training Camp

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The 8 Biggest Storylines Heading into San Francisco 49ers Training Camp
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Intrigue surrounds the San Francisco 49ers heading into the 2013 NFL training camp.

Expectations for this team are sky high, even though it is an organization with a lot of new pieces residing in an ultra-competitive division. If the Niners hope to achieve a Super Bowl, they are going to need to put a better team on the field than they have in the past two seasons under head coach Jim Harbaugh.

And that means instant results from the draftees and free agents that arrived this offseason.

The team as a whole has been targeted, not only by its NFC West foes, but by the entire league. They are the defending conference champs and Green Bay, Atlanta, Seattle, New Orleans and Washington all know it (See: 2013 opponents). With that being the case, San Fran will need all hands on deck this year. 

While it's a scary thought, this season is largely contingent on the performance of new faces and evolving role players.  

Moreover, as a heavy favorite deep into a structural transition, this season should be majestic for San Francisco for all sorts of reasons. On both sides of the football, the new-era 49ers are beginning to materialize in Harbaugh’s sublime vision.

Will it be another step forward or will they see their first bump in the road?

The following includes an in-depth look at the biggest storylines surrounding San Francisco's 2013 campaign. 

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