5 San Francisco 49ers Whose Stock Rose After 1st Preseason Game

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5 San Francisco 49ers Whose Stock Rose After 1st Preseason Game
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The San Francisco 49ers' first preseason game is in the books, and there were a number of performances that may have changed the outlook of the position battles on their roster.

Despite losing, 23-3, to the Baltimore Ravens and struggling offensively, there were plenty of positives to take from this game for Jim Harbaugh and his coaching staff.

Little can be read into preseason outings, however, Thursday's game at M&T Bank Stadium gave Harbaugh a good idea of the second-string players who could make a difference in 2014.

It was on defense that the Niners really stood out, and that is no surprise given that the Ravens dominated time of possession, holding the ball for 39 minutes, 37 seconds, while San Francisco had it for just 20 minutes, 23 seconds.

Harbaugh will hope for better from his offense in the next game against the Denver Broncos a week from Sunday.

Still, he will have been delighted with what he witnessed from many of his players. Here I look at five key standouts who boosted their hopes of playing a significant role in the regular season after strong showings in Baltimore.

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