Sacramento Bee reporter Matt Barrows focuses on quarterback Colin Kaepernick (and his competition for the starting job, Blaine Gabbert), cornerback Jimmie Ward and tackle Anthony Davis as the San Francisco 49ers head into their first 2016 preseason game. All three could be keys to the team's success or failure this season. Sohail Al-Jamea McClatchy
Sacramento Bee reporter Matt Barrows focuses on quarterback Colin Kaepernick (and his competition for the starting job, Blaine Gabbert), cornerback Jimmie Ward and tackle Anthony Davis as the San Francisco 49ers head into their first 2016 preseason game. All three could be keys to the team's success or failure this season. Sohail Al-Jamea McClatchy
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Matt Barrows was born in Blacksburg, Va., and attended the University of Virginia. He graduated in 1995, went to Northwestern for a journalism degree a year later, and got his first job at a South Carolina daily in 1997. He joined The Sacramento Bee as a Metro reporter in 1999 and started covering the San Francisco 49ers in 2003. His favorite player of all time is Darrell Green. Reach Barrows at mbarrows@sacbee.com.
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