Monday, August 9, 2010
A look at Buffalo's first depth chart
Since we took a gander at the Miami Dolphins' first depth chart of the summer, we ought to peek at the one other AFC East club that released theirs on Monday.
The New York Jets haven't released one yet. And I won't bother to analyze the New England Patriots' depth chart because Bill Belichick has been known to take an arbitrary approach.
Nick Kaczur still listed at right tackle? Devin McCourty a third-string cornerback? A two-back set with Laurence Maroney and Kevin Faulk both starting?
Doesn't look right.
But new Bills coach Chan Gailey seemed to sketch an honest depth chart in advance of Friday night's preseason opener against the Washington Redskins at FedEx Field.
No real surprises on the first-team offense, but it should be noted Demetrius Bell is listed at left tackle despite missing time while coming back from his knee injury. Jonathan Stupar is the tight end ahead of Shawn Nelson.
Most interesting are the reserve receivers. James Hardy, a second-round pick two years ago, is fourth at one receiver spot. He's behind starter Steve Johnson, Roscoe Parrish and undrafted rookie David Nelson.
Felton Huggins is on the second team behind Lee Evans and ahead of former Patriots second-round draft pick Chad Jackson.
For the record, the quarterbacks are Trent Edwards, then Ryan Fitzpatrick, then Brian Brohm, then Levi Brown.
No bombshells on defense.
Most notable is Drayton Florence ahead of Leodis McKelvin at right cornerback. Last year's 11th overall draft choice, Aaron Maybin, is behind Miami Dolphins castoff Reggie Torbor at outside linebacker.
Third-round rookie Alex Carrington is the top backup at left defensive end ahead of 2006 first-rounder John McCargo.
Paul Posluszny still appears as a starting inside linebacker even though he has missed almost all of camp because of groin surgery. Donte Whitner and Jairus Byrd are the safeties.
Who's handling the punt and kickoff return duties? No clue. TBA is listed in both slots.