Four days prior to the Green Bay Packers’ first preseason game, the team released their first unofficial depth chart of the 2011 season. The Packers are scheduled to play the Browns on Saturday night in Cleveland.
While the first depth chart is certainly a great starting point for conversation, it’s too early to attach too much importance to it..
The Packers have been in training camp for less than two full weeks and have yet to play a preseason game, so this initial depth chart is subject to plenty of changes. Throughout the course of four preseason games and the practices in-between, the depth chart will almost certainly fluctuate. Don’t expect it to look the same come Sept. 8.
Below is the unofficial depth chart, courtesy of Packers.com. Any interesting notes are listed below the position, and anything listed as “OTHER” is under third string and not in any particular order.
OFFENSIVE DEPTH CHART
QB: Aaron Rodgers, Matt Flynn, Graham Harrell
RB: Ryan Grant, James Starks, Dimitri Nance, OTHER: Alex Green, Brandon Saine
Vic Ketchman said today in his mailbag that Alex Green might be creeping his way into the running back battle. So, to see him as at fourth string behind Dimitri Nance is somewhat surprising. As we will learn, rookies have a lot to prove.
FB: John Kuhn, Quinn Johnson, Jon Hoese
WR: Greg Jennings, James Jones, Randall Cobb OTHER: Brett Swain, Diondre Borel, Kerry Taylor
WR: Donald Driver, Jordy Nelson, Chastin West OTHER: Tori Gurley, Antonio Robinson, Shaky Smithson
Contrary to popular belief, Donald Driver is still slated to be one of the Packers starting wide receivers. Chastin West has had a good camp thus far.
TE: Jermichael Finley, Andrew Quarless, Tom Crabtree OTHER: D.J. Williams, Ryan Taylor, Spencer Havner
Possibly the biggest surprise of the depth chart is the appearance of Andrew Quarless at No. 2 tight end. He’s battled a bad hip and just recently started practicing, while rookies D.J. Williams and Ryan Taylor have been impressive in Quarless’s absence.
LT: Chad Clifton, Marshall Newhouse, Theo Sherman
LG: Derek Sherrod, T.J. Lang, Adrian Battles
Derek Sherrod started training camp working with the ones at left guard, and the unofficial depth chart shows just that. However, this positional battle is far from over. T.J. Lang won’t go down without a fight.