The Panthers' first unofficial depth chart contains no surprises, and that's a good thing.
Coming off a 15-1 regular season and an NFC Championship, stability on the depth chart is a positive. The depth chart was released in advance of Thursday's preseason opener at the Baltimore Ravens and is "unofficial," meaning it is very much subject to change based on what happens through the rest of training camp and during the four preseason contests.
With that in mind, here are some notes of interest:
- No surprises on the first and second teams on offense, though it is nice to see wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin back and listed on the first team. Ted Ginn, Jr. is listed as the other starter, with key 2015 contributors Devin Funchess and Philly Brown listed as second team.
- Benjamin's rehab partner, Stephen Hill, isn't listed on the top three teams but instead is one of seven receivers listed among "other" (formatting limitations on Panthers.com allow only two of the seven names to appear). However, both receivers on the third team ahead of him (Brenton Bersin and Kevin Norwood) were on the roster last season.
- No real surprises on defense either, though it is eye-catching to see a pair of rookie cornerbacks among the starters in James Bradberry and Daryl Worley. Bene Benwikere, fresh off the physically unable to perform list, is listed as a second-teamer at this early juncture along with the third rookie, Zack Sanchez. The depth chart doesn't designate a nickel corner.
- At defensive end, Mario Addison and Wes Horton are listed as second string behind Charles Johnson and Kony Ealy. When Ealy in the concussion protocol and when Johnson got a vet day off, Horton ran with the first team.
- At defensive tackle, Paul Soliai is paired with rookie Vernon Butler on the second team. Kyle Love is listed as third team.
- At punter, veteran Mike Scifres is listed as the starter ahead of Swayze Waters, but head coach Ron Rivera said preseason games will determine this position battle.
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