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First Broncos depth chart a long way from the last word

A lot could still change on the Broncos' depth chart, which Vance Joseph referred to as "a starting point." AP Photo/David Zalubowski

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- Vance Joseph released his first formal depth chart of training camp on Monday, but he also quickly tossed out a disclaimer that it would not be wise to dig too deep into all of that before the Denver Broncos have played any preseason games.

As expected, the Broncos listed Trevor Siemian and Paxton Lynch with an "or" between their names with the starters. Siemian will start the preseason opener Thursday night in Chicago, and Lynch will start the second preseason game Aug. 19 against San Francisco. Joseph said the competition is still ongoing and that he wants to see both Siemian and Lynch work in games.

The team has high hopes for its rookie class overall, but the first draft pick to work his way into the starting spot is first-round pick Garett Bolles. Bolles was listed as the starter on the depth chart and is expected to be in the starting lineup Thursday night against the Bears.

“We’ve watched the spring, we watched the first two weeks of training camp and he’s played well," Joseph said. “In my opinion, he’s earned the right to start the game. With that being said, we’re still competing there with Donald (Stephenson) and Ty (Sambrailo). He’s played well enough to start the game on Thursday."

Bolles isn't taking anything for granted.

“I have four preseason games to earn my spot, so I’m just going to continue to work hard every single day," Bolles said. “I have Ty Sambrailo and Don (Stephenson) pushing me every single day. Until it’s official on Week 1, then that doesn’t faze me.’’

Most of the other positions didn’t provide any surprises, but it did include some injured players. Devontae Booker, who is out after surgery to repair a fractured bone in his wrist, was listed as the No. 2 running back, and though Shane Ray (wrist) and Shaquil Barrett (hip) have not participated in camp, they were listed as the starter and backup, respectively, at one of the outside linebacker spots.

“Again, the games will make a determination of who moves up and who moves down," Joseph said.

Joseph did raise a few eyebrows by listing rookie Brendan Langley as the backup behind Chris Harris Jr. at right cornerback instead of Lorenzo Doss. Joseph said, however, the order behind Harris is long from decided, as it is at most of the other backup spots.

“I would say this about the depth chart, it’s a starting point," Joseph said. “Those two guys are competing for that fourth corner spot, which is a big deal for our football team. … What went into that were the spring drills and the training camp practices thus far. That’s what’s determined that (Langley) is ahead of (Doss) right now, but Doss has played well.

"It’s just part of the process. The final depth chart will be out versus the Chargers. That’s the one that really matters. The rest, it’s a depth chart. Somebody has to go first, second and third."