San Francisco 49ers: Must-Watch Players at Each Position in Preseason

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San Francisco 49ers: Must-Watch Players at Each Position in Preseason
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The 49ers' secondary hinges on the potential comeback of All-Pro CB Nnamdi Asomugha.

Regardless of a player’s standing, the annual NFL training camp is one of the toughest grinds in pro sports, especially for a team like the San Francisco 49ers that continues to operate with an elevated standard.

For the hopefuls trying to make a team or those proving why they deserve to stay—the culmination of all those hours spent alone studying the playbook, weight training, time in the classroom, eating right, field drills and more—it all leads up to those four perceptually insignificant preseason games in August.

After all the hard work has been put in, this is the time when the coaches unleash their players and say, “Okay, show me what you got.”

Though they don’t count toward the regular season, these exhibition contests matter a great deal to the 90 individuals participating in them (apart from your Pro Bowlers and franchise players). We can thank HBO’s Hard Knocks for humanizing that aspect of the game for the general public.

Moreover, cuts and depth chart evaluations are on the horizon. What the players do or don’t do will affect their standing with the team. For the ‘Niners, which are looking to put the finishing touches on a potential Super Bowl team, this should make for an awfully competitive four-game stretch leading into the season.

With that said, here is a list of the must-watch players on the San Francisco 49ers in the 2013 preseason.

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