The preseason game between the Green Bay Packers and San Francisco 49ers could prove to be one of the better matchups of Week 1. The two teams met in the NFC Divisional Round last year, after all.

Obviously, the two teams won’t be running out all their stars for the entire game, and it’s difficult to predict preseason workloads. Still, there are ample storylines to follow, and here are six particular players to watch Friday. 


6 Players to Watch in Packers-49ers Friday

Trey Lance, QB, San Francisco 49ers

How much Lance will play Friday – if at all – is still up in the air, but after starting just two games in 2021, he’s already been named the No. 1 quarterback for the 49ers heading into Week 1.

Lance has an embarrassment of riches at his disposal in the San Fran offense, and he just needs to prove he’s ready to execute Kyle Shanahan’s proven offense. While the second-year signal caller boasts the athleticism and rushing ability to shine, he’ll need to improve his accuracy as a passer.


Jordan Love, QB, Green Bay Packers

Already named the starter against San Francisco, Love appeared in six games last season, and he had an underwhelming road showing against the Kansas City Chiefs in his only start.

Love is obviously firmly behind back-to-back MVP winning quarterback Aaron Rodgers on the depth, so while the backup’s performance during the preseason won’t enable him to climb into the starting role, it could drive up his potential trade value.