Tuesday, August 11, 2009

No depth chart surprises

Eric Mangini revealed his first depth chart as head coach of the Browns Tuesday morning. It contains no shocking revelations. Mangini admitted he didn't put a lot of time into reviewing it, but he was required to produce one with the preseason starting Saturday, so he did.

The first team quarterback for the preseason opener in Green Bay is Derek Anderson/Brady Quinn. The slash indicates neither player is ahead of the other. Eighty players in camp, and Anderson/Quinn gets the only slash. That reflects how sensitive the quarterback battle is.

The listing doesn't mean Anderson will start against the Packers. Mangini said he hasn't figured that out yet. He said the contender for the starting job that doesn't start against Green Bay will probably start against Detroit a week from Saturday.

No rookies are listed as starters, but that isn't a surprise, either. Coaches usually give veterans the start in the first preseason game. On Tuesday morning Hank Fraley played center with the first team. Alex Mack, the first-round draft pick, was with the second unit.

"You want it, show us you should have it," Mangini said, speaking in general about the rookie class.

Rookie running back James Davis is listed fourth behind Jamal Lewis, Jerome Harrison and Noah Herron. Davis is not the fourth best running back in camp, so the depth chart doesn't mean much.


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