San Francisco 49ers: Best and Worst of Team's Preseason

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San Francisco 49ers: Best and Worst of Team's Preseason
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Rookie Quinton Patton (No. 11) gives the 49ers a legitimate No. 3 option at wide receiver.

Preseason or not, summertime football for the San Francisco 49ers featured its fair share of the proverbial best and worst when it came to on- and off-the-field action.

The 49ers opened their schedule against the AFC Super Bowl-favorite Denver Broncos. It was quite the short-lived affair for the first-team units. The Colin Kaepernick-led offense, however, did operate efficiently on the opening drive.

They then traveled to Kansas City for a matchup with the Chiefs—a game made somewhat special with their former starting quarterback Alex Smith now sporting a new uniform. Smith made acquaintance with the gridiron dirt on more than one occasion.

This portion of the offseason essentially concluded in Week 3 with a 34-14 romp over the Minnesota Vikings. Kaepernick, rookie wideout Quinton Patton and resident lumberjack Justin Smith stole the show with an assortment of noteworthy plays (see: touchdown pass and Smith’s tackle for loss).

San Francisco’s final game against the San Diego Chargers will only serve—as with all NFL clubs—as the final opportunity for roster-hopefuls to make the team.

In other words, we—along with the 2013 starters—can now put the preseason in the books and delve into the compelling details.

Without further adieu, let’s highlight the eight best and worst developments from the 49ers’ preseason.

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