It still didn't look pretty, but there's nothing like getting a meaningless pre-season win. Oh and Blaine Gabbert finally did something positive. Booyah! Colin Kaepernick and the first team offense still look out of sync, but most of it can be attributed to the leaky line which is in a state of flux. Somewhere out there, Alex Boone and his agent are smiling. We also saw glimpses of the first team defense and it looks like the depth is going to be good. This defense is still elite and once it returns to full strength, it should be downright dominant.
Exhibition Game #3 belonged to the youngsters, as many of them took advantage of the pre-season playing time. Glenn Winston was able to score a touchdown, and it looks like Vance McDonald is finally getting comfortable receiving passes. Carlos Hyde is quickly becoming my new favorite player. This guy is going to be a beast.
On defense, Aaron Lynch was all over the field making plays right and left. Jimmie Ward played both nickel corner and safety and came up with his first interception. There is clearly still a lot to be worked out before the regular season opens, but the 49ers should be fine on both sides of the ball.
Jim Harbaugh likes what he saw on offense (Gutierrez)
49ers' rookies flash late in exhibition win (Gutierrez)
Carlos Hyde impresses again for San Francisco 49ers (Scarlet and Game)
49ers lose Martin to knee injury (Inman)
Great America closing during 49ers games (SF Gate)
Unimpressive preseason holds warning signs for 49ers (SF Chronicle)