While preseason football may not count toward the official win-loss column or be as entertaining as NFL fans would like, it is a learning experience. With guys fighting for their livelihood, trying to make a roster or earn a promotion, the high level of competition breeds results. When players make plays—or fumble plays—it matters.
For the San Francisco 49ers, whose roster was mostly set in stone, the 2013 exhibition was about identifying and configuring depth, seeing who earned positions, as well as weighing where the team could afford to make moves.
This offseason, the backup quarterback, wide receiving corps, outside linebacker depth and cornerback group were all susceptible to change. The open competition over the course of four weeks was very formative for the final roster and how the depth would play out once the regular season began.
Stocks dropped; others soared, which resulted in the promotions, demotions and exiting of several players. The following contains a detailed breakdown of the top 10 takeaways from San Francisco’s 2013 preseason showing.
Statistics provided by NFL.com Game Center, unless specified otherwise. Quotes from coaches and players are courtesy of 49ers.com.