49ers rookies shine in exhibition opener

Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Tyler Bray (9) throws under pressure from San Francisco 49ers defensive lineman Solomon Thomas (94) during the first half of an NFL preseason football game in Kansas City, Mo., Friday, Aug. 11, 2017. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) San Francisco’s rookie class made a positive first impression.

Led by first-round defensive standouts Solomon Thomas and Reuben Foster, the 49ers had to be pleased with what they saw from a strong draft class and a few undrafted free agents in a 27-17 exhibition opener victory over the Kansas City Chiefs on Friday night.

“I was excited for a lot of those guys,” coach Kyle Shanahan said Saturday. “That’s really what this preseason is for. You want to see it in the first game. You never play your starting guys very long. I thought our backups stepped in and did a good job.”

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