The First Depth Chart

Make no mistake, coaches don't like publicly releasing depth charts, but it's something they have to do the Monday before the first preseason game. So we got a look at the Dolphins' first depth chart of the season and, as always, it includes a couple of eye-opening tidbits.

Coach Joe Philbin said Monday the depth chart was the product of everything he has seen and absorbed since the offseason work began on April 10.

"I talked to the team after practice, I informed them we were releasing a depth chart," Philbin said. "I also told them in no way, shape or form have decisions been finalized or made. I said to the team, the last time I checked we're playing a game Sept. 9 in Houston. Today is Aug. 6. It's a lot of time in between there.

"It's a starting point. We've got to line up some way, Harvey (Greene) said I had to turn something in."

The two most noteworthy items on the depth chart are David Garrard being listed first at quarterback, and Vontae Davis being listed on the second team at cornerback behind free agent acquisition Richard Marshall.

"He's actually practiced well the last couple of days," Philbin said of Davis. "He made a couple of plays today again. He's practicing well. He's doing well. But there's good competition there and that's a good thing right now. Again, it's early. I don't think anybody should be concerned. The whole ballclub needs to show a lot of improvement and he's no different than anybody else in that regard."

As for the quarterback situation, Philbin called it "fluid." He also said that just because Garrard is listed on the first team Monday doesn't mean he necessarily will be the starter for Friday's preseason opener against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers..

"I went down to the quarterback room yesterday," Philbin said. "We talked and told them exactly what you see on that piece of paper. I went through it and told them about it. As I've said many times and I told them, I'm confident we're going to get very, very good quarterback play out of that group. I believe we have talented players with good arm strength and good mobility with good leadership qualities. I couldn't be happier with the four men that are in that room. I told them the same thing, this is a starting point, this is what we're going to do. Right now, today, it's a fluid situation. Things could change. But this is where we are today."



WR — Legedu Naanee and Davone Bess (both first team), Julius Pruitt, Jeff Fuller, Clyde Gates, Rishard Matthews, B.J. Cunningham, Chris Hogan

LT — Jake Long, Lydon Murtha, Ray Feinga

LG — Richie Incognito, Eric Steinbach, Chandler Burden

C — Mike Pouncey, Josh Samuda, Ryan Cook

RG — Artis Hicks, Nate Garner, John Jerry

RT — Jonathan Martin, Andrew McDonald, Will Barker

TE — Anthony Fasano, Charles Clay, Jeron Mastrud, Michael Egnew, Les Brown

WR — Chad Johnson, Brian Hartline, Marlon Moore, Roberto Wallace

QB — David Garrard, Matt Moore, Ryan Tannehill, Pat Devlin

FB — Jorvorskie Lane, Ryan Mahaffey, Jerome Messam

RB — Reggie Bush, Daniel Thomas, Steve Slaton, Lamar Miller, Marcus Thigpen, Jonas Gray


LE — Jared Odrick, Derrick Shelby, Jarrell Root

DT — Randy Starks, Tony McDaniel, Chas Alecxih

DT — Paul Soliai, Kheeston Randall, Isaako Aaitui, Ryan Baker

RE — Cameron Wake, Olivier Vernon, Jamaal Westerman, Jacquies Smith

LB — Kevin Burnett, Gary Guyton, Jonathan Freeny, Shelly Lyons

LB — Karlos Dansby, Austin Spitler, Cameron Collins

LB — Koa Misi, Jason Trusnik, Josh Kaddu

CB — Sean Smith, Nolan Carroll, Jonathan Wade, Trenton Hughes, Marcus Brown

CB — Richard Marshall, Vontae Davis, Quinten Lawrence, Kevyn Scott, Vincent Agnew

S — Chris Clemons, Jimmy Wilson, Tyrell Johnson, Kelcie McCray

S — Reshad Jones, Tyrone Culver, Anderson Russell


P — Brandon Fields

K Dan Carpenter

KO — Dan Carpenter

H — Brandon Fields

KOR — Marcus Thigpen, Lamar Miller, Steve Slaton, Clyde Gates

PR — Davone Bess, Marcus Thigpen, Clyde Gates, Rishard Matthews

LS — John Denney

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