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Notes: Detroit Lions release 2020 depth chart

A first look at Detroit “official” depth chart.

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The Detroit Lions dropped their first depth chart for the 2020 regular season on Tuesday afternoon. And while we’d normally devote an entire post to it, it’s becoming clearer and clearer that these things really don’t mean all that much. Traditionally, these depth charts are created by organizations’ PR teams, not the coaches and general managers. They’re a formality and often don’t represent reality.

That being said, there are some mildly interesting quirks on the initial depth chart. Kerryon Johnson is listed as the starting running back with Adrian Peterson as RB2. Rookie running back D’Andre Swift is fourth, behind Ty Johnson, while Jamal Agnew is also listed as RB4 and the backup slot receiver. Agnew is also listed as the starting kick and punt returner.

On defense, third-overall pick Jeff Okudah is listed as the backup cornerback behind Desmond Trufant. However, the depth chart only has two starting cornerback positions, and nickelback Justin Coleman is the other one. Again, this is a prime example of why this doesn’t really mean anything, as either Okudah or Amani Oruwariye (listed as Coleman’s backup) will be starting on Sunday.

To look at the Lions’ entire depth chart, check here.

  • We wrote a little about it on Monday, but you should probably just watch all of Frank Ragnow’s highly-entertaining media session from earlier this week.

  • OverTheCap has all the details of Taylor Decker’s new contract extension. Perhaps most notably, the Lions are getting quite a deal for the first two years:

  • A couple videos to close out today’s notes. First, I joined Detroit legend Fredi the PizzaMan’s YouTube show “Inside the Pizza Oven” to talk about my journey from behavioral therapist for children with Autism to sports writer, and share my thoughts about the 2020 Lions:

Earlier this week, I joined the Beared Down podcast to talk about the Lions’ upcoming Week 1 matchup: