Browns' Depth Chart vs. Dolphins: Davone Bess Listed as Starter

WR Davone Bess gets the start while teammate Josh Gordon serves a suspension. - Ron Schwane-USA TODAY Sports

Davone Bess is listed as a starting receiver with Josh Gordon suspended.

The Cleveland Browns released their first depth chart of the regular season on Tuesday. I have outlined the information by position in the tables below. I did make two manual adjustments; the original depth chart was released before Billy Cundiff was signed, and before Jason Pinkston was placed on the returnable injured reserved list. I added Cundiff to the depth chart at kicker, and removed Pinkston (bumping up others in the process). Here are the things of note from the depth chart:

  • Davone Bess is listed as a starting receiver. He may play on the outside in two-receiver sets and move to the slot in three-receiver sets, with Travis Benjamin than playing the outside.
  • Shawn Lauvao is listed as the first string right guard, but he won't play this week. Oniel Cousins is getting the start in his place.
  • Buster Skrine won the starting cornerback job, but could end up seeing more time as the nickelback if Miami sends out three-receiver sets. In that case, Chris Owens is expected to play the outside.
  • Johnson Bademosi is listed as the top kick returner. By next week, I'd expect him to be listed third. This Sunday, Bobby Rainey or Dennis Johnson are expected to return kicks.

Offense

Pos 1st String 2nd String 3rd String 4th String
QB Brandon Weeden
Jason Campbell Brian Hoyer
RB Trent Richardson
Bobby Rainey Dennis Johnson
FB Chris Ogbonnaya
WR1 Greg Little
Josh Cooper
WR2 Davone Bess
Travis Benjamin
TE Jordan Cameron
Gary Barnidge MarQueis Gray Keavon Milton
LT Joe Thomas
Rashad Butler
LG John Greco
Garrett Gilkey
C Alex Mack
Patrick Lewis
RG Shawn Lauvao
Oniel Cousins Garrett Gilkey
RT Mitchell Schwartz
Martin Wallace

Defense

Pos 1st String 2nd String 3rd String 4th String
LDE Ahtyba Rubin John Hughes
NT Phil Taylor Ishmaa'ily Kitchen
RDE Desmond Bryant Billy Winn Armonty Bryant
LOLB Paul Kruger Quentin Groves Eric Martin
LILB D'Qwell Jackson Brandon Magee
RILB Craig Robertson Tank Carder
ROLB Jabaal Sheard Barkevious Mingo Paul Hazel
LCB Joe Haden Leon McFadden
RCB Buster Skrine Chris Owens
FS Tashaun Gipson Johnson Bademosi
SS T.J. Ward Josh Aubrey

Special Teams

Pos 1st String 2nd String 3rd String 4th String
K Billy Cundiff
P Spencer Lanning
LS Christian Yount Billy Winn Gary Barnidge
H Spencer Lanning
KR Johnson Bademosi Bobby Rainey Dennis Johnson
PR Travis Benjamin Davone Bess Josh Cooper
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