Taking stock at camp
QUARTERBACKS Rising: Jeff Garcia, Ken Dorsey Holding: Tim Rattay, Brandon Doman Market watch: Garcia has responded impressively in camp after entering it with a bum back. ... Rookie Dorsey appears to be moving ahead of Doman, but coaches still pleased with Doman's progress. HALFBACKS Rising: Kevan Barlow Holding: Garrison Hearst, Jamal Robertson Falling: Rashaan Salaam Market watch: Barlow bursting with talent, appears ready for a breakout. ... Hearst still doing all the things that have made him team's starting tailback last two seasons. ... Recent practice fumbles by Salaam magnified because of competition he's facing. FULLBACKS Rising: Terry Jackson, Jasen Isom Holding: Fred Beasley, Paul Smith, Matt Stanley MARKET WATCH: Jackson finally back in practice after nine-month layoff. ... Beasley, Smith doing it all in camp before slowed by recent injuries. ... Isom impressing coaches; he has NFL talent but probably won't get chance to show it in S.F. WIDE RECEIVERS Rising: Terrell Owens, Brandon Lloyd, Arland Bruce, Fred Coleman Holding: Tai Streets, Cedrick Wilson, Aaron Lockett, Justin Skaggs, Jermaine Lewis Falling: Arnaz Battle, James Jordan, Nate Jackson Market watch: Owens has simply been off the charts. ... Lloyd the most impressive of all the team's new receivers. ... Injuries have slowed Battle's progress and his hopes of locking down No. 5 receiving role. TIGHT ENDS Rising: Jed Weaver Holding: Eric Johnson, Gabriel Crecion Falling: Mark Anelli, Aaron Walker Market watch: Versatile Weaver locking down No. 2 job behind Johnson. ... Fractured shoulder will put Anelli on shelf for two months. ... Walker slow to develop and take advantage of opportunities. OFFENSIVE LINE Rising: Kwame Harris, Eric Heitmann, Rob Murphy, Scott Gragg, Kyle Kosier, Ben Archibald Holding: Derrick Deese, Ron Stone, DeMingo Graham, Dwayne Ledford, Craig Osika, Milford Stephenson Falling: Jeremy Newberry, Jason Jowers, Alonzo Cunningham, Jerome Davis. Market watch: First-round pick Harris enters preseason already challenging for a starting role. ... Gragg could be primed for best season. ... Newberry doesn't figure to get much out of training camp as he nurses ankle. LINEBACKERS Rising: Derek Smith, Jeff Ulbrich, Jamie Winborn, Julian Peteson Holding: Brandon Moore, Cornelius Anthony, Masafumi Kawaguchi, Marcus Reese Falling: Saleem Rasheed, Ray Wells Market watch: Top four backers have been outstanding in camp. ... Youngsters Moore and Anthony working hard to hold roster berths on talented unit. ... Leg problems again hampering Rasheed's potential and development. SECONDARY Rising: Tony Parrish, Zack Bronson, Fred Weary, Dwaine Carpenter, Antuan Simmons Holding: Ahmed Plummer, Scott Frost, Ronnie Heard, Mike Rumph, Joselio Hanson, Keith Heyward-Johnson Falling: Jason Webster, Jimmy Williams, Rashad Holman, John Keith Market watch: Starting safeties Parrish and Bronson becoming heart and soul of secondary. ... Plummer and Rumph have had their moments on the corner. ... Injuries preventing Webster and Williams from stating their cases. DEFENSIVE LINE Rising: Anthony Adams, Andre Carter Holding: John Engelberger, Travis Kirschke, Bryant Young, Dwight Johnson, Byron Frisch, Sean Moran Falling: Jim Flanigan, Josh Shaw, Ross Kolodziej, Andrew Williams Market watch: Carter grooming for stardom. ... Adams getting better every day with Flanigan losing ground on sidelines. ... Young and Kirschke on rise before being hampered by injuries. ... Williams, Shaw having mixed results in their development. SPECIALISTS Rising: Brian Jennings, Jeff Chandler Holding: Freddie Capshaw, Bill LaFleur, Nate Fikse, Jeff Crowell Market watch: Long-snapper Jennings one of the best at what he does. ... Incumbent kicker Chandler having solid camp so far. ... Other kickers doing nothing to hurt themselves. The real test for all these guys will come in exhibition games.
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