GREEN BAY – At the very top of the page, written in italics so you don’t miss it, is one word.
Nonetheless, the Green Bay Packers released their first depth chart of training camp Saturday, in advance of Thursday’s preseason opener at San Diego, and there are a few noteworthy changes.
For starters, Charles Woodson is listed as the starting strong safety after spending his entire career at cornerback on the Oakland Raiders’ and Packers’ depth charts. M.D. Jennings is listed as the No. 2 strong safety, as he’s the guy who comes in when Woodson shifts to the slot corner spot in nickel and dime defenses.
It is interesting to note that Jarrett Bush is listed as the starting right cornerback opposite Tramon Williams. Sam Shields and Davon House are listed behind Williams, while rookie Casey Hayward is listed as the top backup behind Bush.
At wide receiver, after being listed behind Donald Driver all of last season, Jordy Nelson – the team’s leading receiver last season in receptions, yardage and touchdowns – is now listed as a starting receiver opposite Greg Jennings. Driver is listed behind Nelson, while James Jones and Randall Cobb are listed behind Jennings.
At running back, James Starks is in the No. 1 position but the second in line is Brandon Saine, ahead of Alex Green. At tight end, Tom Crabtree is the No. 2 behind Jermichael Finley and ahead of D.J. Williams and Ryan Taylor.
That, and other quirks in the depth chart, would indicate that seniority gets priority, because there are a few listings that don’t jibe with what’s gone on at Ray Nitschke Field at practice.
For instance, behind Clay Matthews at right outside linebacker, the team lists Vic So’oto and Jamari Lattimore, while rookie sensation Dezman Moses is No. 4. At practice, Moses has been running with the No. 2 defense behind Matthews, and in Friday night’s scrimmage, Moses got snaps with the No. 1 defense in Matthews’ place.
Also, at left tackle, where starter Marshall Newhouse departed the scrimmage with an undisclosed injury, rookie seventh-round pick Andrew Datko is third on the depth chart behind Newhouse and injured Derek Sherrod. In reality, the coaches have put Herb Taylor at left tackle while Datko has worked lately on the right side. Taylor is listed as the No. 2 right tackle.
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