Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 8/28/12
The 49ers' starting lineup is mostly set, but coach Jim Harbaugh has plenty he's looking for his team to accomplish as San Francisco prepares for Thursday night's preseason finale at home against San Diego. The starters aren't expected to play long, but quarterback Alex Smith will start and Harbaugh is looking for the offense to establish a rhythm and execute on the fundamentals. Once they depart, the coaching staff will be closely scrutinizing the backups as the 49ers prepare for final roster cuts from 75 players to 53. "All these games are important," Harbaugh said. "They all in some form or fashion decide, factor into, contribute to decisions that you make." Harbaugh believes the 49ers are improved from this time last year, and increased depth across the roster means several veterans are battling for their jobs. One of those players is running back Anthony Dixon, who has enjoyed a solid preseason but was also bumped down the depth chart when the team signed Brandon Jaco...
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