Travis Kelce ahead of Tony Moeaki: Anthony Fasano is the No. 1 tight end as expected. With a four-year deal and lots of money, I don't think anyone is surprised by that. It's the No. 2 spot where it gets interesting. Travis Kelce, the rookie, is ahead of Tony Moeaki, who is on the third string. My depth chart, which I try to create based on the reps each player gets, would have had Moeaki ahead of Kelce. After seeing camp, I'm less concerned about first, second or third string with the tight ends. All three of them have been not only seeing first team action but lots of targets from the quarterbacks. An important position can't have enough good players.
This is the only notable surprise to me. A few mildly interesting surprises are below.
Position battles as expected
Inside linebacker: Akeem Jordan then Nico Johnson. As it has been for almost all of camp. Johnson just recently started seeing more first team reps.
No. 2 receiver: Jon Baldwin over Donnie Avery. This one just got a lot more interesting today when Avery took Baldwin's first team reps on the team work.
No. 3 quarterback: Tyler Bray over Ricky Stanzi. As expected.
No. 2 cornerback: Sean Smith over Dunta Robinson. But this is another position where Smith and Robinson are both going to play a lot. Robinson is on the field often in some fashion.
Fullback: Not surprised that Anthony Sherman is on the first team. He has been through most of camp. Braden Wilson comes ahead of Toben Opurum, which is mildly interesting given that Wilson missed a little time with an injury.
Safety: Kendrick Lewis ahead of Husain Abdullah. This position seemed more open until Abdullah went down with an injury.
Kick returner: We knew Dexter McCluster was the top punt returner. But he is also listed No. 1 at kick returner. This is a position that will see a lot of change with opportunities in the preseason.
Eight mildly interesting things
1. Geoff Schwartz is listed as a right tackle. He can also play either guard spot.
2. Jerrell Powe, your No. 2 nose tackle. Anthony Toribio, listed at defensive end, had been ahead of him last year.
3. Sucks getting a concussion. Tommie Draheim, who suffered a concussion earlier in the week, is fourth on the depth chart at guard.
4. Demetrius Harris as a practice squad candidate? Right now, he is behind Kevin Brock on the depth chart.
5. Zac Diles listed behind Derrick Johnson at right inside linebacker.
6. Allen Bailey ahead of Austen Lane at defensive end. That seems fluid.
7. Junior Hemingway, third team behind Dwayne Bowe, is ahead of Terrance Copper.
8. Vince Agnew, an undrafted guy who has stood out, is behind Brandon Flowers and Jalil Brown at cornerback.
Here's the whole depth chart:
WR: Jon Baldwin, Donnie Avery, Devon Wylie, Josh Bellamy, Frankie Hammond Jr.
LT: Branden Albert, Donald Stephenson, Dustin Waldron
LG: Jeff Allen, Matt Reynolds
C: Rodney Hudson, Eric Kush, A.J. Hawkins
RG: Jon Asamoah, Ryan Durand, Rokevious Watkins, Tommie Draheim
RT: Eric Fisher, Geoff Schwartz, Steven Baker
TE: Anthony Fasano, Travis Kelce, Tony Moeaki, Kevin Brock, Demetrius Harris
WR: Dwayne Bowe, Dexter McCluster, Junior Hemingway, Terrance Copper, Tyler Shoemaker, Jamar Newsome, Rico Richardson
QB: Alex Smith, Chase Daniel, Tyler Bray, Ricky Stanzi
RB: Jamaal Charles, Knile Davis, Shaun Draughn, Cyrus Gray, Jordan Roberts
FB: Anthony Sherman, Braden Wilson, Toben Opurum
LDE: Tyson Jackson, Allen Bailey, Austen Lane, Mike Catapano
NT: Dontari Poe, Jerrell Powe, Miguel Chavis
RDE: Mike DeVito, Anthony Toribio, Marcus Dixon, Rob Lohr
LOLB: Justin Houston, Frank Zombo, Josh Martin
LILB: Akeem Jordan, Nico Johnson, Orie Lemon
RILB: Derrick Johnson, Zac Diles, Darin Drakeford, Chad Kilgore
ROLB: Tamba Hali, Edgar Jones, Ridge Wilson
LCB: Brandon Flowers, Jalil Brown, Vince Agnew, Greg Castillo, Conroy Black
RCB: Sean Smith, Dunta Robinson, Neiko Thorpe, Kamaal McIlwain
SS: Eric Berry, Quintin Demps, Bradley McDougald, Otha Foster III
FS: Kendrick Lewis, Husain Abdullah, Tysyn Hartman, Malcolm Bronson, Sanders Commings
P: Dustin Colquitt, Ryan Succop
K: Ryan Succop, Dustin Colquitt
KO: Ryan Succop, Dustin Colquitt
LS: Thomas Gafford, Brad Madison
H: Dustin Colquitt, Chase Daniel
PR: Dexter McCluster, Devon Wylie
KR: Dexter McCluster, Devon Wylie
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