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Cleveland Browns Provide First Depth Chart of Training Camp

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Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

NFL teams are required to release depth charts before every game. In anticipation for this Saturday's preseason game against the Detroit Lions, Cleveland Browns head coach Mike Pettine unveiled his first depth chart, which we have put together in the table below. Beneath the table are some general notes about the depth chart itself.

Cleveland Browns Depth Chart
OFFENSE
QB Brian Hoyer Johnny Manziel Tyler Thigpen Connor Shaw
RB Ben Tate Terrance West Chris Ogbonnaya Edwin Baker Dion Lewis Isaiah Crowell
FB MarQueis Gray Ray Agnew
WR1 Josh Gordon Andrew Hawkins Travis Benjamin Marlon Moore Taylor Gabriel Jonathan Krause
WR2 Miles Austin Nate Burleson Anthony Armstrong Charles Johnson Willie Snead
TE Jordan Cameron Gary Barnidge Jim Dray Emmanuel Ogbuehi
LT Joe Thomas Martin Wallace Abasi Salimu
LG Joel Bitonio Paul McQuistan Ryan Lee
C Alex Mack Alex Parsons Jeremiah Warren Nick McDonald
RG John Greco Garrett Gilkey Keavon Milton
RT Mitchell Schwartz Reid Fragel Michael Bowie Randall Harris
DEFENSE
RDE Billy Winn Armonty Bryant Calvin Barnett
NT Ahtyba Rubin Ishmaa'ily Kitchen Jacobbi McDaniel
LDE Desmond Bryant Phil Taylor John Hughes Cam Henderson
ROLB Paul Kruger Jabaal Sheard Eric Martin
MIKE Karlos Dansby Zac Diles Tank Carder
WILL Craig Robertson Chris Kirksey Darius Eubanks
LOLB Barkevious Mingo Justin Staples Jamaal Westerman
RCB Buster Skrine Justin Gilbert Aaron Berry T.J. Heath K'Waun Williams Royce Adams
LCB Joe Haden Isaiah Trufant Pierre Desir Leon McFadden Robert Nelson
FS Tashaun Gipson Jordan Poyer Josh Aubrey
SS Donte Whitner Jim Leonhard Johnson Bademosi Darwin Cook
SPECIAL TEAMS
P Spencer Lanning
K Billy Cundiff
H Spencer Lanning
LS Christian Yount
KR Travis Benjamin Buster Skrine Justin Gilbert Taylor Gabriel
PR Travis Benjamin Jordan Poyer Jim Leonhard Taylor Gabriel


Notes About the Depth Chart

  • To a degree, the depth chart has to be taken with a grain of salt. Regarding the depth chart, Mike Pettine said, "I did [a depth chart] because I had to do it. I would say it's very loose in our minds. It will be fluid, and something that likely changes every week." Nonetheless, we will dissect a few things that stand out to us.
  • One example of why you can kind of throw away the back end of the depth chart? Take a look at the wide receiver position. Willie Snead and Taylor Gabriel have had much better camps than Marlon Moore and Charles Johnson, but Moore and Johnson have slightly more experience.

  • RB Dion Lewis is buried on the depth chart at running back, and he isn't even listed as an option at kick returner. That can't fare too well for his roster odds.
  • Gary Barnidge is ahead of Jim Dray at the tight end position, which is a good sign for Barnidge.
  • We get a confirmation that the two primary players competing for backup offensive tackle spots are Martin Wallace and Reid Fragel. Veteran Paul McQuistan is listed behind Joel Bitonio, so that tells me that McQuistan isn't in the mix for the starting right guard spot.

  • The defensive line chart looks weird at first -- for example, why is John Hughes listed on the third-team, seemingly behind Armonty Bryant? Here is my logical conclusion -- Phil Taylor was placed at defensive end because he just came back to practice. Long-term, Taylor will be the No. 1 nose tackle. That would shift Ahtyba Rubin up to the No. 1 right defensive end, and push Billy Winn to No. 2 and Armonty Bryant to No. 3. By virtue of Taylor moving, Hughes is then back at No. 2 on the depth chart for left defensive end.

  • It continues to look like we'll see Paul Kruger on the right side this year instead of on the left side. Mike Pettine said that some positions should really have "co-starters," and I think that's the case with Jabaal Sheard here.

  • If you are Leon McFadden, how does 7th or 8th on the depth chart look? Yeah, not too good.

  • The kick returner spot currently lists Travis Benjamin as the top guy, so it'll be interesting to see if the Browns keep him there during the preseason.

  • Some guy named Brian Hoyer is also ahead of Johnny Manziel.

What are your thoughts on the depth chart, Browns fans?