The third preseason game is known as a dress rehearsal, but for the San Francisco 49ers, it will be something different.
Quarterback Colin Kaepernick and the starters will play, and they will be interesting to watch. However, the main storyline in San Francisco’s preseason game against the Minnesota Vikings will be the position battles at backup quarterback, wide receiver and cornerback.
San Francisco has a plethora of depth at all three positions, but it doesn’t have a clear-cut starter. Against the Vikings, they will likely figure those things out.
Jim Harbaugh said earlier this week that all five quarterbacks — Colin Kaepernick, Colt McCoy, Scott Tolzien, B.J. Daniels, and the newly acquired Seneca Wallace — would be seeing some playing time tonight. However, with reports circulating that the 49ers are trying to trade McCoy, they may re-allot his playing time to the other quarterbacks.
Adrian Peterson’s Vikings bested the 49ers last year, and they will look to do so again. Peterson will start for the first time this season, and while his action will likely be limited, it will be interesting to see him square off against the formidable 49ers defense.
The game will be nationally televised on NBC, and it will start at 5 PM. Look for the starters to play into the second half, and look for the 49ers to try to find their starting cornerback, their No. 2 receiver and their backup quarterback.