USA TODAY Sports Weekly



Storyline of the week

QB questions linger: Head coach Kyle Shanahan and QB Jimmy Garoppolo have all but confirmed Garoppolo will be the 49ers starting quarterbac­k for Week 1 of the regular season. Now a new one rises in when and how much rookie QB Trey Lance will see the field during his first season. Shanahan and offensive coordinato­r Mike McDaniel haven’t been shy about their intentions to cycle Lance in, a logical move for Shanahan to get his rookie some valuable reps and take advantage of his multifacet­ed skill set. On the other hand, it could put the 49ers on track for a roaring in-season QB controvers­y.

Rookie watch

Two fifth-round rookies have emerged as potential contributo­rs to the secondary. S Talanoa Hufanga and CB Deommodore Lenoir have both acquitted themselves well in extended preseason action. Hufanga will contribute a ton on special teams, but he’s in the mix to start at strong safety against the Lions in Week 1. Lenoir is the leading candidate to be the first off the bench should the 49ers need a replacemen­t in the lineup.

– Kyle Madson, Niners Wire

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