This is consistent with the way they entered the training camp. Coach Matt Rowley He said the plan is to keep three quarterbacks this year instead of the regular two. (He didn’t say that part, but the extra spot is for Corral, after they recruited him in the third round with an eye on development.)
The graph illustrates the spirit of competition they tried to foster throughout the camp, with first-round pick Ikem Ekwonu listed as the second left-handed tackle. The starting position is listed as either current Pat Elflin or free agent Bradley Bozeman. Ekwonu and Bozeman have been taking more and more work into practice with the Novices in recent days, however, and the depth chart could look very different by the time the September 11 opener against Brown rolls out.
The first line is included with Brady Christensen on the left tackle, Michael Jordan on the left guard, Austin Corbett on the right guard, and Taylor Mouton on the right tackle. This is how they lined up on the first day of camp (with Elflin in the middle), but they rotated through a number of options, including with Christensen serving in the left guard next to Ekwonu.
In retrospect, they also listed D’Onta Foreman and Chuba Hubbard as Christian McCaffrey’s backup.
There are no real surprises on the defensive side, with Lettor Gros Matos being listed as another defensive line initially against Brian Burns and a host of midfielders with Damien Wilson in the center and Chuck Thompson and Frankie Lovaux on either side.
It’s remarkably easy to sort out the special teams’ depth chart, as they only have one in the top three – kicker Zane Gonzalez, contractor Johnny Hekker and long-time snapper JJ Jansen.
For return jobs, Pro Bowler Andre Roberts was listed four times first in both kick returns and shots, followed by Shi Smith and CJ Saunders.
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