The Denver Broncos and San Francisco 49ers play their second preseason game against each other on Saturday, August 19th. Both teams enter the season with first-year head coaches in Vance Joseph and Kyle Shanahan and with plenty of questions to answer on offense.
I reached out to David Fucillo from Niners Nation to talk about 49ers players to watch in this game, since many of these guys will be cut in the coming weeks and some of those positions might be positions of need for the Broncos. I did the same for him.
49ers offensive bubble player to watch
Last week I suggested Victor Bolden and Kendrick Bourne. In that game, Bourne ended up the team's leading receiver, potentially earning more time higher on the depth chart this week. The competition for the 49ers sixth wide receiver spot is wide open, and Bourne has emerged as the front-runner. The top of the 49ers wide receiver depth chart is filled with some talented players, but they all stand 6'0 or shorter, with three potential significant contributors standing 5'8 or 5'9. Bourne is 6'1, and while not a huge human being, would provide some size to the depth chart.
49ers defensive bubble player to watch
Keep an eye on the 49ers defensive linemen that come in with the second and third team. This could include Chris Jones, Quinton Dial, and Ronald Blair. All three are potential cut or trade candidates with the 49ers defensive line arguably the deepest unit on the roster. DeForest Buckner will not play this weekend, which opens the door for one of them to get more significant playing time with the 1s. That might be the person most worth watching.
49ers player to watch in the fourth quarter
Keep an eye out for Adrian Colbert. The seventh round pick came to the 49ers as a cornerback with a chance to potentially play some safety. Injuries have sped up that process, and he likely will get some safety time late in the game. He is on the weak side of the 49ers roster bubble but is a big hitter worth watching on Saturday.
On the offensive side of the ball, offensive lineman Erik Magnuson has moved around to some different positions, but graded out as the 49ers best offensive lineman according to PFF. Maybe he gets a bump up, but he's a versatile option who could get more playing time this week.