The San Francisco 49ers play their final preseason game this coming Thursday, against the San Diego Chargers. The goal of this game for the core Niner starters is to come out unscathed and be healthy for the regular season.
Do not expect to see Alex Smith, Frank Gore, Vernon Davis or Michael Crabtree on the field, except for a series or two at most. I put the picture of Crabtree in here because we haven't seen him for so long, I thought I'd give you a reminder of what he looks like.
On defense, key players such as Patrick Willis, Takeo Spikes, Justin Smith, Shawntae Spencer and Nate Clements will also make only a cameo appearance, at most.
I have isolated six very important things to watch for in this final exhibition game. This will increase your viewing interest, as battles for the final roster spots will be intense. Focus on these six things and the game will have more meaning for you.