Televised preseason game, World Cup host, Trey Lance and other 49ers stories for Cardinals fans to know

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We have finished another week of the NFL offseason. This week was the end of offseason work for NFL teams and so we take a look around the NFC West to see what the Arizona Cardinals’ division rivals are up to.

What is new with the San Francisco 49ers?

Below are a few stories that Cardinals fans should know about from the last week.

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49ers' preseason opener to air live on NFL Network

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The NFL announced there will be 22 preseason games televised live on NFL Network. The 49ers’ preseason opener against the Packers will air on August 12, 5:30 Arizona time, if you want to get a first look at them.

Levi's Stadium to be World Cup host venue

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The 2026 FIFA World Cup will be in North America. 11 NFL venues will host World Cup games. One of them is the 49ers’ home venue, Levi’s Stadium.

5 2nd-year players under pressure, like Trey Lance

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Quarterback Trey Lance will be the 49ers’ starter in his second season, putting a lot of pressure on the 2021 No. 3 overall pick.

However, he isn’t the only second-year player under pressure. There are five other 49ers entering Year 2 who also need to perform, including two running backs and an expected starting offensive lineman.

Trey Lance getting extra work after mandatory workouts

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Like the Arizona Cardinals, the 49ers have wrapped up their offseason work. They are off until training camp. However, Lance will stick around a little longer to get some extra work in.

Brandon Aiyuk calls Trey Lance special

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Several 49ers players have had great things to say about second-year quarterback Trey Lance. Add receiver Brandon Aiyuk to the list. After seeing Lance on the field and with the guys, Aiyuk thinks Lance is “a special quarterback.”

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