Rookies Carlos Hyde and Jimmie Ward looked anything but shellshocked in their first NFL preseason. The way their talent translated to the professional gridiron were two my most important takeaways for the San Francisco 49ers over the last month.
These five slides detail player and position group developments from the 49ers' four exhibition games that will have the biggest impact on San Francisco's regular season.
I considered including the Niners' bad quarterback play. But I left that out because the poor play of the backups won't matter as long as Colin Kaepernick avoids injury, and Kap's struggles in six series had more to do with the big guys blocking for him than anything else.
But before getting into offensive line issues, let's start with the brightest spot of the 49er offense during the preseason.