Williams ahead of Knox on first depth chart

August, 10, 2011
8/10/11
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BOURBONNAIS, Ill. -- The Chicago Bears released their first official depth chart in advance of Saturday's preseason opener at Solider Field against the Buffalo Bills.

Newcomer Roy Williams is penciled in the starting lineup at wide receiver along with Devin Hester, with Johnny Knox and Earl Bennett being listed on the second team. Veteran Chester Taylor opens up as the No. 2 running back behind Matt Forte and ahead of free-agent pick-up Marion Barber (No. 3).

Kellen Davis is listed as the Bears starting tight end, and Eddie Williams gets the nod as the team's No. 1 fullback.

On the defense side, Matt Toeaina is listed as a co-starter at both defensive tackle spots, with Henry Melton (undertackle) and Anthony Adams (nose tackle). Tim Jennings is the early leader in the battle for the starting cornerback spot opposite Charles Tillman. Jennings is listed on the first team, while Zack Bowman and Joshua Moore are second string.

Hester remains the teams No. 1 return man on kickoff and punt.

Below is a look at the entire depth chart.

OFFENSE
WR: Roy Williams, Johnny Knox, Dane Sanzenbacher, Onrea Jones, Travis Cobb, Jimmy Young
LT: J'Marcus Webb, Frank Omiyale, Josh Davis
LG: Chris Williams, Edwin Williams, Johan Asiata, Mike Lamphear
C: Roberto Garza, Chris Spencer, J.C. Brignone, Alex Linnenkohl
RG: Lance Louis, Levi Horn, Johan Asiata, Ricky Henry
RT: Gabe Carimi, Josh Davis, Levi Horn
TE: Kellen Davis, Matt Spaeth, Desmond Clark, Kyle Adams, Andre Smith
WR: Devin Hester, Earl Bennett, Sam Hurd, Kris Adams, Andy Fantuz
QB: Jay Cutler, Caleb Hanie, Nathan Enderle, Trevor Vittatoe
RB: Matt Forte, Chester Taylor, Marion Barber, Khahlil Bell, Harvey Unga, Robert Hughes
FB: Eddie Williams, Will Ta'ufo'ou

DEFENSE
LE: Israel Idonije, Corey Wootton, Jake Laptad
DT: Henry Melton, Matt Toeaina, Amobi Okoye
NT: Anthony Adams, Matt Toeaina, Stephen Paea, Marcus Harrison, Tank Tyler, Jordan Miller
RE: Julius Peppers, Vernon Gholston, Corey Wootton, Mario Addison, Nick Reed
WLB: Lance Briggs, Brian Iwuh, Patrick Trahan, Deron Minor
MLB: Brian Urlacher, Dom DeCicco, Tressor Baptiste, Chris Johnson
SLB: Nick Roach, J.T. Thomas, Tanner Antle
LCB: Tim Jennings, Zackary Bowman, D.J. Moore, Ryan Jones, Mike Holmes
RCB: Charles Tillman, Corey Graham, Joshua Moore, Antareis Bryan
SS: Chris Harris, Craig Steltz, Anthony Walters
FS: Major Wright, Chris Conte, Winston Venable

SPECIAL TEAMS
FG: Robbie Gould
KO: Robbie Gould
P: Adam Podlesh, Spencer Lanning
H: Adam Podlesh
LS: Patrick Mannelly, Desmond Clark
KR: Devin Hester, Johnny Knox, Kahlil Bell, D.J. Moore, Dane Sanzenbacher
PR: Devin Hester, Earl Bennett, Johnny Knox, D.J. Moore, Dane Sanzenbacher

Jeff Dickerson | email

Chicago Bears beat reporter
Dickerson has been the Bears beat reporter for ESPN Chicago since 2004. He also hosts weeknight radio shows on ESPN 1000.

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