RISING: Derek Smith is improving his stock in camp
Taking a look at whose stock is rising, falling and holding firm at 49ers training camp as the Niners begin eyeing their first preseason audition Saturday at Kansas City.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.