Who's hot, who's not

With the first preseason game right around the corner, find out whose stock has been rising and who has been on the decline so far in training camp.

STOCK RISING

· Linebacker Ricky Brown: Followed up a strong offseason with a good start in training camp and has been taking the majority of reps at strong side linebacker.

· Wide receiver Todd Watkins: All he does is catch the ball.

· Running back Darren McFadden: Everything he was billed to be coming out of college, giving the coaching staff endless ways to use him. If he gets into the open, forget it.

· Offensive lineman Fred Wakefield: Has played four different positions so far in camp; that doesn't include tight end where he played last year before getting hurt. He might be a longshot to make the 53-man roster but his versatility makes him an intriguing option.

· Defensive end Greyson Gunheim: Undrafted free agent has given the Raiders' offensive linemen fits at times, particularly right tackle Cornell Green. There's a logjam in front of him but Gunheim continues to make plays.

· Quarterback Andrew Walter: Overcame a slow start in camp to edge in front of Marques Tuiasosopo for backup job to JaMarcus Russell. He looks more comfortable, mentally and physically, than he has in the past and it seems to be paying off.

· Running back Louis Rankin: Good for breaking off at least one long run a day, this rookie from Washington has the bad luck of being on a team where even being at his best would leave him only fourth on the depth chart.



STOCK FALLING

· Tackle Mario Henderson: The second-year player has not looked good and was the target of some critical comments from head coach Lane Kiffin. It's too early to call him a bust, as some have suggested, but Henderson can't feel too good about his job security.

· Wide receiver Arman Shields: Fourth-round draft pick has played well when healthy but he's missed multiple practices with a knee injury and that has allowed some of Oakland's other receivers to shine in his absence.

· Quarterback Marques Tuiasosopo: Has fallen behind Andrew Walter in the race for the backup job to Walter. Tui never has had a rocket for an arm and his passes in camp have been mediocre at best. His speed, once his greatest asset, looks closer to average now.

· Wide receiver Drisan James: Has had more drops than catches in recent days and they haven't all been during team drills, which won‘t help his cause.

· Defensive back Michael Waddell: If there's a pass to be thrown and completed deep, it's likely going in Waddell's direction. The fourth-year pro has repeatedly been victimized by JaMarcus Russell and Andrew Walter and has had trouble keeping up with the team's bigger, faster receivers.


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