We’re less than three days away from the San Francisco 49ers’ first preseason game, and the haze of training camp reports are about to give way to actual performance on the field.
There’s really no substitute for competitive games to really tell who’s doing the best job of ensuring a larger role for themselves in 2014. That doesn’t mean players’ stock doesn’t rise and fall during practice, however.
How quickly or slowly players adapt to new coaching philosophies and offensive and defensive schemes, as well as new teammates can definitely alter their positions on the depth chart, and even affect their odds of making the team. Do you think Jon Baldwin would have been cut before the first preseason game had he looked good in training camp?
With that in mind, and with ten training camp practices in the books, let’s look around the 49ers to see whose stock is rising and whose is falling as the team prepares to open its preseason slate against the Baltimore Ravens on Aug. 7.