First Depth Chart for Cleveland Browns Unveiled

The Cleveland Browns unveiled their first depth chart of the year on Monday, as they are required to do so by the league in preparation for the team's upcoming exhibition game against the Detroit Lions. As always, not all of the spots on the depth chart have to make sense, nor do they guarantee a player's roster spot is safe. However, we still like to think of the depth chart as having some indication as to who is more likely to make the final roster.

OFFENSE

  • QB: Brandon Weeden, Colt McCoy, Seneca Wallace, Thaddeus Lewis
  • RB: Trent Richardson, Montario Hardesty, Brandon Jackson, Chris Ogbonnaya, Adonis Thomas
  • FB: Owen Marecic, Brad Smelley
  • WR1: Greg Little, Josh Gordon, Joshua Cribbs, Carlton Mitchell, Owen Spencer, Jermaine Saffold
  • WR2: Mohamed Massaquoi, Travis Benjamin, Jordan Norwood, Rod Windsor, Josh Cooper, Bert Reed
  • TE: Benjamin Watson, Jordan Cameron, Alex Smith, Evan Moore, Dan Gronkowski
  • LT: Joe Thomas, Oniel Cousins, Jeff Shugarts
  • LG: Jason Pinkston, Jarrod Shaw, Matt Cleveland
  • C: Alex Mack, John Greco, Garth Gerhart
  • RG: Shawn Lauvao, Dominic Alford, Stanley Daniels
  • RT: Mitchell Schwartz, Ryan Miller, Jake Anderson

DEFENSE

  • LDE: Jabaal Sheard, Juqua Parker, Brian Sanford, William Green
  • DT: Ahtyba Rubin, Billy Winn
  • DT: John Hughes, Scott Paxson, Brian Schaefering, Kiante Tripp
  • RDE: Frostee Rucker, Emmanuel Stephens, Marcus Benard, Auston English
  • SLB: Scott Fujita, James-Michael Johnson, Emmanuel Acho
  • MLB: D'Qwell Jackson, Benjamin Jacobs, L.J. Fort
  • WLB: Kaluka Maiava, Craig Robertson, Quinton Spears, JoJo Dickson
  • LCB: Joe Haden, Buster Skrine, Trevin Wade, Johnson Bademosi
  • FS: Eric Hagg, Ray Ventrone, Tashaun Gipson
  • SS: T.J. Ward, Usama Young, David Sims, Emanuel Davis
  • RCB: Sheldon Brown, Dimitri Patterson, James Dockery, Antwuan Reed

SPECIAL TEAMS

  • K: Phil Dawson, Jeff Wolfert
  • P: Reggie Hodges, Spencer Lanning
  • H: Reggie Hodges
  • LS: Christian Yount
  • KR: Joshus Cribbs, Buster Skrine, Travis Benjamin
  • PR: Joshua Cribbs, Travis Benjamin, Jordan Norwood

NOTES

The "big news," although not the least bit surprising, was that head coach Pat Shurmur finally confirmed that Brandon Weeden will be the team's starting quarterback against the Detroit Lions. As a few of you have already been discussing, Colt McCoy was not too fond of the decision, but he saw the writing on the wall a long time ago.

At running back and wide receiver, the depth chart matches the number of reps receivers have had in practice, as Greg Little, Mohammed Massaquoi, Josh Gordon, and Travis Benjamin are the top four guys.

Tight end is a hard one to figure out. Evan Moore just returned to practice for the first time this season on Monday, but he is listed fourth on the depth chart at tight end. I am going to assume that he would normally be listed second, but you never know.

On the offensive line, Oniel Cousins would play second-string left tackle, with Ryan Miller getting a shot at right tackle. Maybe that says they'd rather have the veteran available in case something happens to Joe Thomas.

The defensive line has a few surprises. First, John Hughes is listed in Phil Taylor's spot, even though Scott Paxson and Brian Schaefering have been getting more practice reps there. I'll have to "see it to believe it" (that Hughes starts over them against the Lions). The other surprise is at right defensive end, where Emmanuel Stephens is listed ahead of Marcus Benard. With Frostee Rucker missing a couple of practices, Benard had been filling in for him on the first-team defense, according to reports.

At linebacker, Craig Robertson is listed right behind starter Kaluka Maiava. L.J. Fort is listed third at middle linebacker, behind Benjamin Jacobs. There are no surprises at cornerback or safety. The final thing to note is that Travis Benjamin is already ahead of Jordan Norwood as a punt returner, which is another downer for Norwood.

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