5 San Francisco 49ers with the Most to Prove in Preseason Week 1

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5 San Francisco 49ers with the Most to Prove in Preseason Week 1
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Defensive end Tank Carradine must show he is capable of demonstrating his talents on the field, living up to the hype given to him.

The preseason is upon us, and fans everywhere can breathe a sigh of relief knowing that football has arrived.

But there remains work to do before the 2014 NFL season kicks off.

For the San Francisco 49ers, plenty of questions remain as the team looks forward to the upcoming season. The quest for a sixth Super Bowl will be as hot as ever as this team expects nothing less than being the last franchise standing when all is said and done.

Still, the pressure is on for a number of players on San Francisco's roster.

We can accurately guess the vast majority of starters the 49ers will employ on their 53-man roster during the upcoming season. That part is easy. Some of the backups can also fall into this category.

But as the 49ers start the process of whittling down the roster from 90, the discussion becomes much more difficult. Who makes the cut? Who is on the bubble?

Most importantly, who has the most to prove?

Week 1 of the preseason should give us a solid gauge in regards to which players San Francisco's coaching staff is keeping a close eye on. 

The 49ers take on the Baltimore Ravens on Thursday, August 7 at 7:30 p.m. ET.

So which 49ers stand to gain the most during the first week of the preseason? Who has the most to lose?

Let's try to answer those questions in detail.

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