This afternoon the Los Angeles Chargers released an unofficial team depth chart, their first of training camp. There is not a lot to be gleaned from depth charts at this stage in the preseason, but it is all we have other than reports of who looks good/bad in practice and who is injured.
With that said, there are some things that stand out. Rookie center/guard Scott Quessenberry is listed only as a backup guard behind second-year man Dan Feeney. Michael Schofield currently holds the starting right guard position with Forrest Lamp still unable to get on the field.
Cardale Jones and Geno Smith are apparently in some sort of tie for the backup quarterback role, though it’s worth noting that Smith has been the more impressive of the two thus far and one suspects has the inside track to the job. Austin Ekeler is still Melvin Gordon’s primary backup, but Justin Jackson and Russell Hansbrough still have time to potentially move up.
The wide receivers are essentially what you would expect, and at tight end Braedon Bowman is apparently the early leader in the race to become the second tight end behind Virgil Green.
On the defensive side of the ball, Derwin James being listed behind Rayshawn Jenkins is perhaps the biggest “surprise,” but you have to imagine that is temporary.
Jatavis Brown and Kyle Emanuel are still holding off rookies Kyzir White and Uchenna Nwosu for the time being. And at middle linebacker, Chargers fans should pray that Denzel Perryman does not get hurt as he is still backed up by Hayes Pullard and Nick Dzubnar.
Finally, on special teams, Caleb Sturgis is still the favorite to win the kicking job over Roberto Aguayo. Desmond King looks to be the primary kick returner, and Travis Benjamin is still handling punt return duties.
For the full depth chart, Jack Wang has it on Twitter:
#Chargers release their first unofficial depth chart ...— Jack Wang (@thejackwang) August 7, 2018
Cardale Jones and Geno Smith are listed as co-backups behind Philip Rivers
Derwin James is listed as the backup safety behind Rayshawn Jenkins
Caleb Sturgis is listed as the kicker ahead of Roberto Aguayo pic.twitter.com/u2Mew8ciNh