Breaking down Ravens first depth chart

Breaking down Ravens first depth chart
August 5, 2014, 11:00 am
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In advance of the Ravens' preseason opener against San Francisco on Thursday night, the team has unveiled its first unofficial depth chart.

To be sure, this depth chart is essentially written in pencil, and there will be a lot of scribbling and crossing out on it over the next four weeks. But this first look offers a few surprises:

* Deonte Thompson and Kamar Aiken are listed as No. 3 receivers, ahead of rookies Michael Campanaro and Jeremy Butler. Aiken's stock has been rising, but Thompson has had a fairly quiet spring following a disappointing second season. Butler has opened a lot of eyes as an undrafted rookie, and Campanaro offers value as a slot receiver and punt returner. If the Ravens keep six receivers, it's probable only two from this group will make it.

* Justin Forsett is listed as the No. 3 back behind Ray Rice and Bernard Pierce. Rookie Lorenzo Taliaferro is listed as fourth-string. With Rice suspended the first two games, it looks as if Pierce and Forsett will get the bulk of the duty. Forsett will be an interesting case to watch. The journeyman running back has had an eye-opening camp, showing speed and elusiveness. Plus he's familiar with Gary Kubiak's offense after spending 2012 with the Texans. The Ravens aren't going to cut Taliaferro, a fourth-round pick this spring. Is there room for all of them when Rice returns?

* - Terence Cody is listed as the No. 2 defensive tackle behind Haloti Ngata and ahead of rookie Timmy Jernigan. According to the depth chart, the Ravens have moved Ngata and Cody out to Arthur Jones' old spot, with Brandon Williams filling the nose tackle slot. But Cody is still on the physically-unable-to-perform list after hip surgery. Jernigan, the second-round draft pick, has been a disruptive force and will get his share of playing time. Ngata can move back to nose tackle if need be. There are a lot of moving parts here, but Cody still seems a long way from being a regular in that defensive line rotation.

* One thing that isn't a surprise is that rookie C.J. Mosley is listed as a starter at inside linebacker alongside Daryl Smith. Mosley has been as advertised and is the only rookie listed among the starters.

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