As the San Francisco 49ers inch closer to the start of the regular season, you can expect to get a more in-depth look at the team’s starting units this week.

The 49ers visit the Colts in Indianapolis Saturday night for week 3 of the preseason.

This point of the exhibition slate is usually where teams league-wide play their starters for an extended period of time.

Head coach Kyle Shanahan said Tuesday he is tentatively planning on unveiling his first-string for approximately the entire first-half. 

He also said he wants to use this time to not only continue shaping his 53-player roster, but also build a rhythm going into the regular season.

“I think it’s very important that players, coaches, everyone, we are creatures of habit, and preseason we’re all over the place,” Shanahan said. “But, you want them to get into that routine to where all seven days are all kind of Groundhog Day over and over. So, you want them to know what they’re going to expect Week 1.”

The 49ers open the regular season Sunday, Sept. 9 in Minnesota against the Vikings.