Lions Depth Chart Released For Game Against Browns

The Detroit Lions have unveiled their unofficial depth chart for Friday's preseason opener against the Cleveland Browns. You can check it out below. (Note: Players in italics are injured.)

OFFENSE
Pos. First String Second String Third String Fourth String
QB Matthew Stafford
Shaun Hill
Kellen Moore
R.J. Archer
RB Kevin Smith Keiland Williams
Joique Bell
Stefan Logan
Stephfon Green
James Bryant
Mikel Leshoure

Jahvid Best

WR Calvin Johnson
Ryan Broyles Maurice Stovall
Lance Long
Dominique Curry
Terrence Toliver
WR Nate Burleson
Titus Young
Patrick Edwards
Nate Hughes
Jarett Dillard
Wallace Miles
TE
Brandon Pettigrew
Nathan Overbay
Austin Wells

TE Tony Scheffler
Will Heller
Alex Gottlieb

LT Jeff Backus
Riley Reiff
Jonathan Scott

LG Rob Sims
Dan Gerberry
J.C. Oram

C Dominic Raiola
Dylan Gandy
Rodney Austin

RG Stephen Peterman
Jacques McClendon
Pat Boyle

RT Gosder Cherilus
Corey Hilliard
Jason Fox

A couple of things worth noting: Moore is listed ahead of Archer at quarterback, Smith is the starting running back and Reiff is currently the second-team left tackle. While we're still quite a ways away from the final round of cuts and this depth chart is considered unofficial, those three things stand out the most on the offensive depth chart. Moore appears to be well on his way to establishing himself as the third-string quarterback, and Smith appears to be set to start at running back as long as Leshoure and Best are out. At left tackle, Reiff has apparently moved ahead of Hilliard and Fox, who are the backups at right tackle.

DEFENSE
Pos. First String Second String Third String Fourth String
LE Cliff Avril
Lawrence Jackson
Everette Brown
Ugo Chinasa
DT Corey Williams Sammie Hill
Tracy Robertson

DT Ndamukong Suh
Nick Fairley
Andre Fluellen

RE Kyle Vanden Bosch
Willie Young
Ronnell Lewis
Edmon McClam
OLB Justin Durant
Tahir Whitehead
Carmen Messina

MLB Stephen Tulloch
Ashlee Palmer
Korey Bosworth

OLB DeAndre Levy
Doug Hogue
Travis Lewis
LCB Chris Houston
Jacob Lacey
Jonte Green
Ross Weaver
FS
Louis Delmas
Erik Coleman
John Wendling

SS Amari Spievey
Sean Jones
Ricardo Silva
Don Carey
RCB Alphonso Smith
Bill Bentley
Justin Miller
Drew Coleman
Chris Greenwood

The most noteworthy thing about the defensive depth chart is that Smith is the starter at right cornerback for the time being. Based on how well he's been practicing, there was a belief that Bentley might be starting in that spot, but he hasn't moved to the top of the depth chart just yet. He will likely be the Lions' first-team nickelback, though.

SPECIAL TEAMS
Pos. First String Second String Third String Fourth String
K Jason Hanson
Derek Dimke


P Ben Graham
Ryan Donahue

HLD Jason Hanson Derek Dimke

LS Don Muhlbach



KR Stefan Logan Titus Young Ryan Broyles Patrick Edwards
PR Stefan Logan Titus Young Justin Miller Nate Hughes

The only thing worth mentioning about the special teams depth chart is that Graham is currently listed ahead of Donahue. Again, it's early and this may not mean a whole lot by the end of the month, but it's interesting nonetheless.

(Note: For some reason the Lions have Hanson and Dimke listed as the holders. I'm going to go ahead and assume that was a mistake considering the holder job usually belongs to the punters.)

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