ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- Denver Broncos coach Gary Kubiak told most anyone who would listen this past weekend not to pay too much attention to the team’s first public depth chart.
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"I would say not very much," Kubiak said. " … Don’t read too much into what's going on up front or wherever, they're going to win and lose jobs in these preseason games, going against good players. Shouldn't say lose jobs, but they're going to win jobs playing against good players ... but everybody needs to keep their antennae up and keep going."
But nonetheless with the release of that first public depth chart Monday, the Broncos showed their practice rotations have already told much of the tale. But there are some things to note.
First off, the grouping the team used in the offensive line for the past week is the one that showed up on the depth chart with a youthful left side in rookie Ty Sambrailo at left tackle, rookie Max Garcia at left guard and Matt Paradis, who spent his rookie season in ’14 on the team's practice squad, at center. The three have a combined zero NFL starts.
Louis Vasquez at right guard and Ryan Harris at right tackle are the duo the Broncos have worked of late and also the grouping that's been the most consistent in team drills overall since camp opened.
Defensively there were no surprises on the depth chart, as camp opened with Brandon Marshall and Danny Trevathan, who have not yet participated fully in camp yet as they return from injuries from last season, listed as the two starting inside linebackers. Todd Davis and Steven Johnson are listed as the backups to Marshall and Trevathan, respectively, in what will be one of the most crowded positions to cut when the roster goes to 53 players.
Connor Barth is listed as the No. 1 kicker, with Omar Bolden as both the punt and kickoff returner, though Solomon Patton is expected to get a long look as the team's punt returner before all is said and done. The Broncos do not want to keep a third kicker because they believe they will need the roster spot elsewhere, but Brandon McManus is listed for kickoffs currently. Barth is trying his hand at kickoffs, though.
The Broncos open the preseason Friday in Seattle.