New San Diego Chargers general manager Tom Telesco would love to build up his franchise in the same way Trent Baalke has done with the San Francisco 49ers.
These two teams will square off at Qualcomm Stadium on Thursday night on NFL Network, and with final cuts looming two days later, there are jobs up for grabs on the bottom halves of both rosters.
The 49ers came within one play of winning the Super Bowl last year. Third-year quarterback Colin Kaepernick will lead a potent offensive attack in his first full season as the unquestioned starter, and the team's defense is among the best in the league.
San Diego is coming off a disappointing 2012 campaign that led to a sort of spring cleaning, as general manager A.J. Smith and head coach Norv Turner were both sent packing. There are more questions than answers for the Chargers this year, and the team will be lucky to win half its games.
Here's what you need to now heading into the final preseason game for the 49ers and Chargers.
When: Thursday, Aug. 29, 10 p.m. ET
Where: Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego
Watch: NFL Network
Live Stream: Preseason Live
Betting Lines (via Covers)
- Over/Under: 38.5 Points
- Spread: Pick 'em
49ers Injury Report (via ESPN.com)
Questionable: Seneca Wallace, QB; Cam Johnson, OLB
Probable: Vance McDonald, TE; Kendall Hunter, RB; Quinton Patton, WR; LaMichael James, RB
Chargers Injury Report (via ESPN.com)
Out: Chris Gronkowski, FB; Melvin Ingram, OLB
Questionable: Seyi Ajirotutu, WR
Probable: Manti Te'o, LB; Malcolm Floyd, WR; Vincent Brown, WR
Can B.J. Daniels Earn a Spot on San Francisco's 53-Man Roster?
When the 49ers waived quarterback Scott Tolzien, it was a sign that rookie B.J. Daniels was gaining traction as a legitimate No. 3 quarterback.
He's shown poise under pressure, a strong grasp of the 49ers offense and leadership qualities in two games of action.
Posting the best passer rating of any 49ers quarterback this preseason, Daniels has completed eight of 12 passes for 102 yards and led a game-winning touchdown drive in the team's second preseason game, against the Kansas City Chiefs.
If the rookie comes out and puts on another show on Thursday night, then the 49ers must consider carrying three quarterbacks this year, with Colt McCoy as the No. 2.
San Francisco's roster is so deep.
Many players the 49ers cut will certainly find homes with other NFL teams, and a few of them will likely become more than bench warmers.
Which team will win?
On the other side, the Chargers are paper thin on talent at some key positions—namely offensive line and the defensive backfield.
I expect the 49ers to easily win this road contest.
49ers win, 23-13.
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