Philip Rivers finished 13-of-19 for 140 yards in Saturday’s preseason game against the Seahawks.
He left the game in the second quarter as a precaution after banging his hand. Rivers said he would have played through it if it were the regular season. He showed strong chemistry with Keenan Allen and newcomer Stevie Johnson. Rivers will finish the preseason with a 93.5 passer rating.
Kenny Britt caught 2-of-3 targets for 21 yards in Saturday's preseason game against the Colts.
Britt finishes the preseason with five catches for 44 yards. Britt revived his career under coach Jeff Fisher last season, but at best, he's a low-upside WR4 for fantasy purposes.
Carlos Hyde rushed four times for 28 yards in the 49ers' third preseason game.
Hyde was the lone bright spot on the 49ers offense. He bounced off several tacklers on his 17-yard run and once again looked quick. Hyde could be hurt by the lack of talent around him on offense and the negative game scripts the 49ers are likely to find themselves in this season, but he has shown enough to be considered a low-end RB2. Hyde has 13 carries for 73 yards (5.61 YPC) this preseason.
Stevie Johnson notched four catches for 63 yards in Saturday’s preseason loss to the Seahawks.
Johnson used a wicked stiff arm to gain 34 yards on his first catch and seemed to be Philip Rivers’ preferred target on third downs. He’s a much better fit in San Diego than he ever was with the Niners. Johnson will be an asset in PPR leagues, particularly while Antonio Gates serves his four-game suspension.
Chris Givens caught 2-of-2 targets for 63 yards and a touchdown.
The deep threat added a six-yard rush. Givens' 44-yard touchdown came on a perfectly executed play fake on an end around from Nick Foles. Givens showed tremendous speed in getting behind the entire defense. Givens made waves as a rookie in 2012, but his production has steadily declined since. Still only 25, however, he's now up to 7/179/2 this preseason. Perhaps he'll put himself back in the WR5 conversation.
Tyler Lockett returned a punt 67 yards for a touchdown and added a 10-yard reception in Saturday’s preseason win over the Chargers.
The 67-yard score was his second of the preseason. Though Lockett hasn’t been featured much on offense (four catches for 52 yards), he’s already an elite contributor on special teams. Expect him to handle most of Seattle’s return duties this year.
Melvin Gordon posted just 34 yards on 16 carries in Saturday’s preseason loss to the Seahawks.
He also caught two passes for seven yards. Gordon hasn’t found much separation this preseason (22 rushes for 45 yards), but it’s better to go through growing pains now than in September and October. Despite his lackluster preseason, Gordon should open the year getting most of San Diego’s early-down work with Danny Woodhead spelling him on passing downs.
Making his preseason debut in Saturday's game against the Colts, Brian Quick (shoulder) wasn't targeted.
Curiously, Quick's first snaps didn't come until the final five minutes of the first half. Cleared for contact only five days ago, he was on the strictest of snap counts. Although he's been limited all summer as he comes back from a severe shoulder injury, Quick should begin the year as the Rams' No. 1 receiver. He's in the WR3 mix.