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Monday, August 5, 2013

Initial Depth Chart?

Carolina has posted an initial depth chart, and it has some surprises
on it.

These things aren't necessarily reliable, and I believe that game film
and study would matter more, but here's what I see so far.


Offense
LT: Nate Chandler is listed as second string. The DT convert would be
a surprise there, if true. When Jordan Gross sat early in camp, Bruce
Campbell had the snaps there.

LG: I have no idea who Hayworth Hicks is, so I'm somewhat surprised to
read he's 2nd string.

C: Jeff Byers' ascension to a legit backup was probably a helping hand
in moving Geoff Hangartner to the curb.

RG/RT: speaking of Campbell, he appears buried on the right side, which
isn't a great fit. He's listed as the 2nd RT, and 3rd RG; if true, that
might be a reaction to Williams (prior the top backup at RG/RT) being
elevated to starter.

TE: Richie Brockel is listed as a TE, and I swear in the past he was
listed as a FB some of the time. Brandon Williams, right now, would've
appeared to overtake Brockel.

WR: Armanti Edwards is tenatively listed as second string with Domenik
Hixon, over Ted Ginn, who some have said has had a better camp than
either. Kealoha Pilares looks like the bubble man, though I'd expect
they keep him over David Gettis at this point. That's if they do keep 6
guys.

Either way, after Edwards and the new guys, there's a wasteland of
youth here and Joe Adams is only listed as the 2nd string punt returner,
meaning he's at best 9th WR on this list.

Defense
DE: Mario Addison is listed as the 4th end. That's interesting but not
surprising, as he got some snaps late in the season with Chandler.

DT: No surprises, it's just nice to have depth and four good tackles.
Sione Fua listed as an under tackle would be problematic for the
under-athletic tackle, but I think the team only keeps 4 here anyway.

LB: Thomas Davis is listed strongside, going back to where he was in
06-07.
While AJ Klein might've made more sense inside (he's listed behind
Davis), Chase Blackburn is listed as the backup MLB, though I imagine
he'd be the first LB off the bench.
Jason Williams tends to make the most sense as the 7th LB, though with
over 4 years experience, he might be an expensive player for the
3rd-best ST OLB on the roster (at best).

CB: Captain Munnerlyn and Drayton Florence are who they wanted
starting, no surprise there. Josh Norman/Josh Thomas as the next two
would feel like a surprise over DJ Moore, and if Moore really is the 5th
best corner I don't know that he'd make the squad. That might be a
wonky way of denoting that he's the nickel, however.

S: No real surprise at SS or FS, with Haruki Nakamura behind the
definite starter in Charles Godfrey. Ricardo Silva, the newcomer, is
dropped in at FS as well.


Special Teams:
*Jordan Gay might have a shot if he can show enough leg. Brad Nortman
showed some improvement at the end of the year, and I doubt they do cut
him, but I'm intrigued that Gay can kickoff.

*Ted Ginn is unsurprisingly listed as the top returner at both spots,
and Kenjon Barner is in the mix; both should make the roster. So the
other skill players better have a roster spot at their position, or I
hope they're renting. One or the other.





Depth chart source:
http://www.panthers.com/team/depth-chart.html
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