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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.

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

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.

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
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:
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