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San Francisco 49ers Preseason 2014: 5 Players Who Stood Out In Week 2

San Francisco 49ers Preseason 2014: 5 Players Who Stood Out In Week 2

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Losing 34-0 to the Broncos, the San Francisco 49ers looked pretty rough in their second preseason game. The offense wasn't clicking and while there were some positives on defense, the secondary looked sloppy. Though they were hard to find this week, here are five 49ers who stood out in preseason Week 2.

5. Bruce Ellington

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5. Bruce Ellington

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The 49ers' fourth round pick from the South Carolina Gamecocks was fairly successful in this game. The offense was largely abysmal, but Bruce Ellington was able to rack up four receptions for 24 yards. Those aren't great numbers, but with an offense that was simply not working well, he looked alright. He was largely unable to get much in the way of yards after any of his catches.

4. Quinton Dial

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4. Quinton Dial

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The 49ers' defensive end drafted last year from Alabama looked very solid on the defensive line today against both rush and pass offenses. His greatest attributes are his unbelievable strength and size. He got great pressure on Denver's quarterbacks a few times and made a couple of tackles on running backs near the line of scrimmage.

3. McLeod Bethel-Thompson

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3. McLeod Bethel-Thompson

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For most of the game, the 49ers' offense looked pretty rough. McLeod Bethel-Thompson had one interception, but it was a tip on a ball that could have been thrown with more care. Other than that, he went 6-for-8 and threw for as many yards as Colin Kaepernick and Blaine Gabbert put together. It's not a great showing, but of the four quarterbacks the 49ers put on the field, he was the only one who even got close to results.

2. Michael Wilhoite

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2. Michael Wilhoite

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Michael Wilhoite has spent most of his NFL career as a backup, but against the Broncos, he looked like he was capable of starting. He showed good mobility and was able to make five tackles and two assists. He needs to work on his explosiveness, but his tackling was reliable and proved his worth to the team today.

1. Jimmie Ward

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1. Jimmie Ward

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The 49ers' first round pick from Northern Illinois University lived up to his potential today. Despite being slightly undersized for the safety position, Jimmie Ward played like a much larger man, making six tackles and an assist. He was all over the field, and was reliable in pass coverage despite poor play from the rest of the secondary. Additionally, he was able to make several plays up near the line of scrimmage defending against the run.

Chris Langton is a writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @Langtron57, “Like” him on Facebook and add him to your network on Google.