Carolina Panthers Release First Unofficial Depth Chart

The Carolina Panthers are less than a week away from their first preseason game and have released their first unofficial depth chart.

Offense

Position First String Second String Third String Fourth String
QB Cam Newton Derek Anderson Joe Webb
RB Jonathan Stewart Fozzy Whittaker Cameron Artis-Payne Brandon Wegher
FB Mike Tolbert Devon Johnson
WR Kelvin Benjamin Devin Funchess Kevin Norwood LaRon Byrd
WR Ted Ginn Jr. Philly Brown Brenton Bersin Damiere Byrd
TE Greg Olsen Ed Dickson Scott Simonson Beau Sandland
LT Michael Oher David Foucalt Donald Hawkins
LG Andrew Norwell David Yankey Matt Masifilo
C Ryan Kalil Gino Gradkowski Reese Dismukes
RG Trai Turner Chris Scott Tyler Larsen
RT Mike Remmers Daryl Williams Jordan Rigsbee
  • There was nothing really shocking for the Carolina Panthers' offensive depth chart in their first release of their depth chart. They basically have the same lineup they did from Super Bowl 50, except for the addition of Kelvin Benjamin to the starting lineup.
  • It is interesting to see David Foucalt listed as the backup left tackle for this team. The undrafted tackle from Montreal is entering his third year with the team but hasn't seen much playing time since his rookie season. The thought was that Jordan Rigsbee could challenge him, however he is the third string right tackle in this depth chart.
  • It is also surprising to see Fozzy Whittaker listed as the backup to Jonathan Stewart. Second-year backs Cameron Artis-Payne and Brandon Wegher have had strong camps and it was expected that one may challenge for that spot.

Defense

Position First String Second String Third String Fourth String
LDE Charles Johnson Wes Horton Rakim Cox Larry Webster
LDT Star Lotulelei Paul Soliai Kyle Love Eric Crume
RDT Kawann Short Vernon Butler Chas Alecxih Robert Thomas
RDE Kony Ealy Mario Addison Ryan Delaire Arthur Miley
SLB Shaq Thompson A.J. Klein Jared Norris
MLB Luke Kuechly A.J. Klein Ben Jacobs Jared Barber
WLB Thomas Davis David Mayo Jeremy Cash Brian Blechen
CB James Bradberry Zack Sanchez Teddy Williams Lou Young
FS Tre Boston Colin Jones Trenton Robinson Travell Dixon
SS Kurt Coleman Dean Marlowe Marcus Ball
CB Daryl Worley Bene Benwikere Robert McClain Leonard Johnson
  • The youth movement is in full swing at the cornerback position as rookies James Bradberry and Dary Worley are first string and Zack Sanchez is listed as second string. The team also placed veterans Bene Benwikere, Robert McClain and Leonard Johnson all behind Worley. If the coaching staff is committed to starting two rookies on the outside at cornerback, Benwikere would be the logical choice for nickelback.
  • It is also interesting to note that A.J. Klein is listed at the second string postion for both strongside linebacker and middle linebacker, while David Mayo is the primary backup at weakside.
  • It will also be worth watching the battle for backing up Charles Johnson at left defensive end. Right now, Wes Horton is listed there however he suffered a wrist injury during Fan Fest and this could be an opportunity for a player like Rakim Cox to step into that role.

Special Teams

Position First String Second String Third String
K Graham Gano
P Mike Scifres Swayze Waters
KO Graham Gano
H Mike Scifres Swayze Waters
PR Ted Ginn Jr. Robert McClain Brenton Bersin
KR Ted Ginn Jr. Fozzy Whittaker Joe Webb
LS J.J. Jansen
  • It appears that veteran Mike Scifres has the inside track on the punter position for the Panthers. The team decided not to bring back free agent Brad Nortman and have been in search of his replacement and Scifres looks to be the guy at this point of training camp.
  • It is also a bit surprising to see Robert McClain's name as the second string punt returner behind Ted Ginn Jr. This could help him make the Panthers final roster, even though he is currently third string at cornerback.

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