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Lions depth chart released for game vs. Jets

The first Detroit Lions depth chart of 2013 is out.

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In advance of their preseason opener on Friday against the New York Jets, the Detroit Lions have released their first unofficial depth chart of 2013. As usual, it's important to stress the word unofficial, as depth charts don't mean a whole lot in the preseason. Often times they don't truly reflect what is happening on the field, and considering there have only been nine training camp practices so far, it's not like the Lions' position battles have already been resolved.

With that in mind, let's take a look at the Lions' current depth chart.

Pos. First String Second String Third String Fourth String
QB Matthew Stafford
Shaun Hill Kellen Moore Thaddeus Lewis
RB Reggie Bush Mikel Leshoure Joique Bell Montell Owens
Theo Riddick
Shaun Chapas
Steven Miller
WR Calvin Johnson Ryan Broyles Kris Durham Matt Willis
Chaz Schilens
Corey Fuller
WR Nate Burleson Patrick Edwards Mike Thomas Micheal Spurlock
Terrence Austin
Cody Wilson
Brandon Pettigrew Michael Williams
TE Tony Scheffler Joseph Fauria Matt Veldman
LT Riley Reiff LaAdrian Waddle Austin Holtz
LG Rob Sims Rodney Austin
C Dominic Raiola Darren Keyton Leroy Harris
RG Dylan Gandy Jake Scott Larry Warford
RT Jason Fox Corey Hilliard Derek Hardman

Here's what jumped out to me about the offensive depth chart:

  • At quarterback, Kellen Moore is listed ahead of Thaddeus Lewis.

  • Mikel Leshoure is listed as Reggie Bush's backup at running back.

  • At wide receiver, Patrick Edwards and Kris Durham are the fourth and fifth wide receivers. There's still a lot of time to go before the final round of cuts, and like I said, this is unofficial, but at the very least this suggests that they may be a bit ahead of the rest of the pack at wide receiver.

  • Joseph Fauria is the fourth tight end.

  • On the offensive line, Dylan Gandy is listed as the starting right guard and Jason Fox is listed as the starting right tackle. Larry Warford is currently the third-string right guard.
Pos. First String Second String Third String Fourth String
LE Ziggy Ansah Israel Idonije Ronnell Lewis Braylon Broughton
DT Nick Fairley C.J. Mosley Andre Fluellen Xavier Proctor
DT Ndamukong Suh Jimmy Saddler-McQueen Ogemdi Nwagbuo
RE Jason Jones Willie Young Devin Taylor
OLB Ashlee Palmer Tahir Whitehead Jon Morgan
MLB Stephen Tulloch Travis Lewis Carmen Messina
OLB DeAndre Levy Cory Greenwood Brandon Hepburn
LCB Chris Houston Bill Bentley Chris Greenwood D.J. Johnson
Louis Delmas Don Carey Chris Hope Martavius Neloms
Trevor Coston
SS Glover Quin Amari Spievey John Wendling Tyrell Johnson
RCB Ron Bartell Darius Slay Jonte Green Ross Weaver
DeQuan Menzie
Brandon King

Several things jumped out about the defensive depth chart as well:

  • The starting defensive ends are Ziggy Ansah and Jason Jones.

  • The top backups at defensive tackle are C.J. Mosley and Jimmy Saddler-McQueen.

  • Ashlee Palmer is listed as the starting left outside linebacker.

  • Ron Bartell is currently the starting right cornerback, with Darius Slay backing him up.

  • Don Carey and Amari Spievey are the top backups at safety.
Pos. First String Second String Third String Fourth String
K David Akers Havard Rugland
P Sam Martin Blake Clingan
HLD Sam Martin Blake Clingan
LS Don Muhlbach
KR Micheal Spurlock Patrick Edwards Mike Thomas Steven Miller
PR Micheal Spurlock Patrick Edwards Mike Thomas Steven Miller

Finally, these things from the special teams depth chart caught my attention:

  • David Akers is listed as the starting kicker over Havard Rugland.

  • Sam Martin has the edge over Blake Clingan at punter.

  • The starting kick and punt returner is listed as Micheal Spurlock, indicating that he is currently in position to make the 53-man roster as the team's return specialist.

Again, this is all unofficial. There could be different starters and backups at multiple positions a few weeks from now when the time for the final round of cuts arrives. For now, though, there are a lot of interesting storylines based simply on this depth chart. What about it stands out to you?

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