The Ravens have released their depth chart in preparation for next Thursday’s preseason opener against the Panthers.
Here is the link to the full depth chart.
The only interesting note with the first-string offense is that Michael Oher is listed at left tackle, while Jared Gaither is the right tackle.
Those two have been switching positions for the last two days, and for some periods, it has seemed like Gaither has gotten more time at left tackle than Oher.
The main surprise when looking at the offensive depth chart is that Davon Drew is listed as the second-string tight end, ahead of rookies Ed Dickson and Dennis Pitta.
Drew has missed the last few days of practice with a hamstring injury, but even when he’s been healthy, the rookies have gotten the majority of the second-string tight end reps. Dickson and Pitta are considered the front-runners for the job behind Todd Heap, but the more experienced Drew gets the nod for now.
On defense, Cory Redding is listed as the first-string defensive end, with Trevor Pryce on the second-team. Jameel McClain, who has gotten the bulk of the first-team reps at inside linebacker during camp is the No. 1 “Will” LB, with Dannell Ellerbe backing him up.
Chris Carr and Fabian Washington are the two starting corners, and although he is on the Physically Unable to Perform list and doesn’t look close to returning to practice, Ed Reed is listed as the first-string free safety.
Tom Zbikowski is the No. 2 free safety, while veteran Ken Hamlin is down as the third-stringer.
On special teams, Jalen Parmele is listed as the top kickoff returner (with David Reed, Prince Miller and Curtis Steele behind him), and Carr is down as the first-string punt returner. Zbikowski and Miller are the other two on the depth chart at that spot.
The kicking depth chart is not listed.
The main theme throughout the depth chart is that veterans are given the edge over rookies.
Guys like Terrence Cody, Dickson, Pitta, Reed and Art Jones are buried on the depth chart for now, but as the Ravens work their way through camp and the preseason, the rookies who are deserving will start to move their way up into more playing time.