The Miami Dolphins have released their first depth chart of the 2012 preseason. Jesse Agler of the Finsiders radio show on MiamiDolphins.com tweeted out a picture of the chart, reminding people that is is "very, very subject to change."
While nothing on the depth chart could be considered "shocking," there were a few surprises, even if some of them were foreshadowed during the most recent training camp practices.
Here is the offensive depth chart, as the Dolphins currently have it. Look for the defensive side of the ball later today:
Bold - starters; Italics - rookies
- Wide Receiver - Not really a surprise that Hartline has fallen to the fourth wide receiver, as best. When you can't get on the practice field with a new coaching staff, you are not going to hold on to the top spot. Was not expecting to see Roberto Wallace as far down the chart as he is. Really, it looks like he is the tenth or eleventh wide receiver right now, despite having good reports coming our of training camp about him.
- Running backs - I'm not sure that Steve Slaton makes the 53 man roster, with the large number of young, talented running backs currently on the roster, but he's listed as number three right now, which could mean he is showing something in practice. I would have expected Miller to be ahead of him, at least.
- Tight Ends - I did not think Mastrud would be ahead of Egnew. I am assuming that the team is looking to keep Mastrud as a blocking tight end.
- Right Guard - Hey, look, at least Jerry made the depth chart, right?
- Center - Happy to see Samuda as the number two center right now. I think Cook has talent, but I think Samuda could develop well behind Pouncey.
- Fullback - I don't know why, exactly, but I like Lane. I mean, it's the fullback position, and it's not exactly like we have seen a tone of fullback use the last few years across the league - but for some reason, I like Lane. I really though Mahaffey would be the starter at this point, because he has been working with the ones more than Lane, but a lot of good things have been said about Lane, so I guess it's now his job to lose.
What are your reactions to the offensive depth chart? Anything really surprise you? Anyone you thought would be higher?
And, again, this is the first depth chart of the preseason, and really only gives us a snapshot in time of what the final depth chart could look like. But's it's enough to get us talking, right?