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49ers vs Raiders Showdown
49ers vs Raiders: The San Francisco 49ers are gearing up for their first preseason game against the Las Vegas Raiders on Sunday. The two teams have been practicing together in Vegas since Thursday, giving the 49ers a chance to test their skills against a different opponent.
One of the main storylines for the 49ers is the quarterback competition between Jimmy Garoppolo and Trey Lance, the rookie who was drafted third overall in April. Lance has shown flashes of his potential, but also struggled with accuracy and decision making in his first NFL action. Garoppolo, meanwhile, has been steady and consistent, but has not been able to separate himself from the young challenger.
The 49ers are hoping to see improvement from both quarterbacks in the preseason opener, as well as from other key players such as defensive tackle Javon Kinlaw, wide receiver Brandon Aiyuk and running back Jeremy McNichols, who was signed this week after an injury to Elijah Mitchell.
The 49ers are also looking to avoid any major injuries, as they have already lost several players for the season, including cornerback Jason Verrett, linebacker Dre Greenlaw and safety Tarvarius Moore.