SPARTANBURG, S.C. -- The Carolina Panthers' public relations department put out the first depth chart of the year for Friday’s exhibition opener at Buffalo, but it’s far from official.
Tre Boston is listed as the starting free safety and Roman Harper the strong safety. Kurt Coleman has taken most of the first-team reps at strong safety and Harper has been at free.
Rookie running back Cameron Artis-Payne is listed as the fourth running back even though he’s taken a significant amount of snaps with the second team.
Running back Jordan Todman is listed as the third kickoff returner even though he’s been working as the lead returner.
Rookie wide receiver Devin Funchess is listed among the third group of wide receivers, and there’s no way he’ll be that far down the depth chart once the season begins.
Again, it’s early and this is unofficial, but it gives you an idea of where things are headed.
WR: Kelvin Benjamin, Ted Ginn Jr., Brenton Bersin, Jarrett Boykin
LT: Michael Oher, Nate Chandler, Amini Silatolu, David Foucault
LG: Andrew Norwell, Silatolu
C: Ryan Kalil, Brian Folkerts, Jordan McCray
RG: Trai Turner, Chris Scott, Martin Wallace
RT: Mike Remmers, Daryl Williams, Tony Hills
TE: Greg Olsen, Ed Dickson, Richie Brockel, Scott Simonson
WR: Corey Brown, Jerricho Cotchery, Funchess, Damiere Byrd
QB: Cam Newton, Derek Anderson, Joe Webb
FB: Mike Tolbert, Brockel, Lee Ward
RB: Jonathan Stewart, Fozzy Whittaker, Todman, Artis-Payne
LDE: Charles Johnson, Wes Horton, Arthur Miley, Rakim Cox
LDT: Star Lotulelei, Colin Cole, Kyle Love, Terry Redden
RDT: Kawann Short, Dwan Edwards, Micanor Regis, Chas Alecxih
RDE: Frank Alexander, Kony Ealy, Mario Addison, Steve Miller
SLB: A.J. Klein, Shaq Thompson, Jason Trusnik
MLB: Luke Kuechly, David Mayo, Ben Jacobs
WLB: Thomas Davis, Adarius Glanton, Brian Blechen, Kevin Reddick
LCB: Charles Tillman, Bene Benwikere, Teddy Williams, T.J. Heath
RCB: Josh Norman, Carrington Byndom, Melvin White, Lou Young
SS: Harper, Robert Lester, Dean Marlowe
FS: Boston, Coleman, Colin Jones, Marcus Ball
K: Graham Gano
PK: Brad Nortman
DS: J.J. Jansen
KR: Ginn Jr., Whittaker, Todman
PR: Ginn Jr., Bersin, Corey Brown