Kelly Holcomb (seventh year) vs. J.P. Losman (third year)
Is Losman, a 2004 first-rounder, the QB of the future? After a 2--7 record as astarter in 2005, he still has plenty to prove.
Bennie Anderson (sixth) vs. Seth McKinney (fifth)
Former center McKinney had the edge on the free-agent pickup, but an upper-bodyinjury has left his season in doubt.
Chad Pennington (seventh) vs. Patrick Ramsey (fifth)
Pennington (right, 10) has the lead on newcomer Ramsey (11) after showing astrong, accurate arm in a scrimmage on Sunday.
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Eric Warfield (ninth) vs. Asante Samuel (fourth)
Free-agent Warfield, a longtime Chiefs starter, vies with an incumbent in theever roiling New England secondary.
Ahmad Brooks (rookie) vs. Brian Simmons (ninth)
Supplemental draft pick Brooks has been a camp gem but still trails Simmons;Odell Thurman could compete after his suspension ends.
Matt Stewart (sixth) vs. Kamerion Wimbley (rookie)
Sooner or later the starter will be Wimbley, a first-rounder whose athleticismwill upgrade a pass rush that ranked last in the NFL in '05.
Gerome Sapp (fourth) vs. Dawan Landry (rookie)
Reacquired from the Colts, Sapp has bumped Landry, an '06 fifth-rounder who wasinitially named the starter.
Tyrone Carter (seventh) vs. Ryan Clark (fifth)
Carter hasn't started since '03, and Clark started 13 games with the Redskinslast year. They're alternating reps with the first-team D.
Joseph Addai (rookie) vs. Dominic Rhodes (sixth)
Edgerrin James left big shoes to fill, and his backup, Rhodes (40 carries for118 yards in '05), has the early advantage over LSU product Addai.
Ernest Wilford (third) vs. Reggie Williams (third)
Williams, the ninth pick in the 2004 draft, is being pushed by the improvingWilford, a fourth-rounder that year.
Sam Cowart (ninth) vs. DeMeco Ryans (rookie)
Free-agent Cowart is back practicing after an ankle injury; how strongly herecovers will determine if the impressive Ryans moves to the outside.
Jacob Bell (third) vs. David Stewart (second)
The versatile 6'4", 306-pound Bell is getting a look in the spot opened byMichael Roos's move to the left side.
Kyle Johnson (fourth) vs. Cecil Sapp (fourth)
Sapp's blocking ability could push him past Johnson, last year's starter.
Bhawoh Jue (sixth) vs. Terrence Kiel (fourth)
Clinton Hart makes this a three-way battle opposite free-agent pickup MarlonMcCree, though McCree may move to strong safety, leaving the trio to fight forthe other spot.
Kevin Sampson (third) vs. Jordan Black (fourth)
The retirements of John Welbourn and Willie Roaf caused a shuffling of theline, leaving Sampson, a former seventh-round pick, manning the right--fornow.
Danny Clark (seventh) vs. Sam Williams (fourth)
Ousted from the starting middle linebacker job by Kirk Morrison, Clark has tobeat out Williams for time on the outside.
Jason Fabini (ninth year) vs. Rob Petitti (second year)
Free-agent signee Fabini's slow recovery from a shoulder injury has made this afree-for-all, with Petitti, last year's starter, and fifth-year man MarcColombo in the mix.
Dhani Jones (seventh) vs. Greg Richmond (second)
The favorite for the strongside job is Jones, who has started there for thelast two years.
Fred Robbins (seventh) vs. Jonas Seawright (rookie)
The early advantage goes to Robbins, but the vet still has to shed his rep fortaking plays off.
Warrick Holdman (eighth) vs. Rocky McIntosh (rookie)
Holdman got a jump on becoming the departed LaVar Arrington's replacement whenMcIntosh underwent minor knee surgery in June.
Cedric Benson (second) vs. Thomas Jones (seventh)
Coaches had elevated '05 first-rounder Benson (right, 32) over a banged-upJones (20), but Benson's out with a shoulder injury.
Daniel Bullocks (rookie) vs. Terrence Holt (fourth)
Coaches want the opportunistic Bullocks, a second-rounder out of Nebraska, tounseat Holt, last year's starter.
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Robert Ferguson (sixth) vs. Greg Jennings (rookie)
Camp sensation Jennings started the first preseason intrasquad scrimmage inplace of Ferguson, who was excused for a family matter, and sixth-year man RodGardner.
Chad Greenway (rookie) vs. E.J. Henderson (fourth)
If Greenway, a first-rounder out of Iowa, wins the job, Henderson could easilyslide to the middle.
Anthony Becht (seventh) vs. Alex Smith (second)
Smith ranked second on the team in catches (41) last season, but he trailsBecht, the better blocker.
Chad Lavalais (third) vs. Darrell Shropshire (second)
A weight room demon in the off-season, '05 seventh-rounder Shropshire vaultedpast Lavalais and Antwan Lake.
Colin Branch (fourth) vs. Shaun Williams (ninth)
Reunited with coach John Fox, his former coordinator when they were with theGiants, Williams has the inside track.
Ernie Conwell (11th) vs. Zach Hilton (fourth)
Conwell, who is coming off right-knee surgery, has been running with the firstteam ahead of Hilton and Mark Campbell, who started with the Bills in '05.
Kevan Barlow (sixth) vs. Frank Gore (second)
Though Barlow has been practicing with the starters, Gore, the team's toprusher in '05, has the north-south style coach Mike Nolan prefers.
Jeremy Bridges (fourth) vs. Fred Wakefield (sixth)
An already questionable line took a hit last week when Oliver Ross injured hisright knee, opening a spot for one of these two.
Dominique Byrd (rookie) vs. Joe Klopfenstein (rookie)
New coach Scott Linehan likes to throw to the tight end, making this battlebetween NFL novices even more intriguing.
Kelly Herndon (fifth) vs. Kelly Jennings (rookie)
Coaches expect Jennings, a first-rounder from Miami, to start at left corner atsome point this season--possibly Week 1.