And for good reason, based on a few of the listings on defense.
Otherwise, what’s listed seems true to form based on the first eight practices of training camp. Letroy Guion, B.J. Raji and Mike Daniels form the starting defensive line, and Casey Hayward, Sam Shields, Morgan Burnett and HaHa Clinton-Dix make up the starting secondary. At linebacker, the starters are listed as Matthews and Julius Peppers on the outside and Barrington and Nate Palmer on the inside. When Matthews indeed moves outside, Palmer and Jake Ryan are in a stiff battle to step in on the inside.
On offense, the first and second units match reality. Richard Rodgers is listed ahead of Andrew Quarless at tight end — the lone starting position that was up for grabs entering camp. At receiver, rookie Ty Montgomery is with the second team while Jeff Janis is with the third. Matt Blanchard is the No. 3 quarterback while rookie Brett Hundley is the No. 4. Rajion Neal is listed as the No. 3 running back ahead of rookies Alonzo Harris and John Crockett.
On special teams, Micah Hyde is the No. 1 punt returner, followed by Montgomery and Randall Cobb. Montgomery, however, has worked with the blocking unit during practice. Most days, only Hyde and Cobb have fielded punts in full-squad periods.
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