GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Nowhere on the Green Bay Packers' first depth chart of the regular season does it list Clay Matthews at the position he's most likely to line up at when defense takes the field for Sunday's opener at the Chicago Bears.
At least on paper, Matthews is still an outside linebacker.
Of course, the depth chart, which was released on Tuesday, has looked that way all preseason even though Matthews will play as much -- if not more -- at inside linebacker than at his old position.
In his only action of the preseason, Matthews played inside linebacker on all 20 of his snaps against the Eagles on Aug. 29 and rushed on just five of those plays.
With Matthews listed as the left outside linebacker and Julius Peppers on the right, Nate Palmer and Sam Barrington are listed as the two starting inside linebackers. In reality, Matthews will play in Palmer's spot in the base and perhaps the nickel package, while Mike Neal or Nick Perry will start at outside linebacker.
Here are a couple of other notes from the first depth chart of the regular season, which is labeled unofficial:
With Letroy Guion and Datone Jones on the reserve/suspended list, Mike Pennel is listed as a starting defensive end ahead of Josh Boyd. B.J. Raji is the nose tackle, and Mike Daniels is the third defensive line starter.
On special teams, Micah Hyde is the No. 1 punt returner and Montgomery the No. 1 kickoff return. Each is the top backup at the other spot.
Yes, Clay Matthews is listed at OLB, but it's been that way all preseason, too. He'll play inside on early downs. pic.twitter.com/gnC3roEQQZ— Rob Demovsky (@RobDemovsky) September 8, 2015