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Broncos Release Initial Depth Chart Of 2008

The Broncos released their initial Depth Chart of 2008, in preparations of their game against the Houston Texans on Saturday Night.  See Below -

Broncos Offense
Pos. First Team Second Team Third Team Fourth Team
WR Brandon Marshall Eddie Royal Glenn Martinez Clifford Russell
LT Ryan Clady Erik Pears    
LG Ben Hamilton Dylan Gandy Kory Lichtensteiger  
C Tom Nalen Casey Wiegmann P.J. Alexander  
RG Chris Kuper Montrae Holland Mitch Erikson  
RT Ryan Harris Tyler Polumbus    
TE Daniel Graham Tony Scheffler Nate Jackson Brett Pierce
WR Darrell Jackson Brandon Stokley Keary Colbert Samie Parker
QB Jay Cutler Patrick Ramsey Darrell Hackney  
RB Selvin Young Andre Hall Ryan Torain Anthony Alridge
FB Cecil Sapp Peyton Hillis Michael Pittman  
Broncos Defense
Pos. First Team Second Team Third Team Fourth Team
LE John Engelberger Ebenezar Ekuban Tim Crowder  
LT Dewayne Robertson Alvin McKinley Nic Clemons  
RT Marcus Thomas Kenny Peterson Josh Mallard Steven Harris
RE Elvis Dumervil Jarvis Moss Paul Carrington Larry Birdine
WLB D.J. Williams Jamie Winborn Wesley Woodyard  
MLB Nate Webster Niko Koutouvides Spencer Larsen Manuel Padilla
SLB Boss Bailey Louis Green Jordan Beck  
LCB Champ Bailey Domonique Foxworth Jack Williams  
RCB Dre Bly Karl Paymeh Christian Morton Lamont Reid
SS Hamza Abdullah Roderick Rogers Josh Barrett  
FS Marlon McCree Marquand Manuel Vickiel Vaughn  
Broncos Specialists
Pos. First Team Second Team Third Team Fourth Team
P Sam Paulescu Brett Kern    
K Matt Prater Sam Paulescu Brett Kern  
KO Matt Prater Sam Paulescu Brett Kern  
PR Eddie Royal Glenn Martinez Marquay McDaniel Samie Parker
KR Eddie Royal Andre Hall Anthony Alridge Clifford Russell
PLS Mike Leach Tony Scheffler Josh Mallard  
KLS Mike Leach Josh Mallard Brett Pierce  
H Brett Kern Sam Paulescu Patrick Ramsey  

There were a couple surprise in my opinion. 

It does make me wonder just how effective a defensive line can be with John Engleberger as a starter at end, and what the hell has happened to Tim Crowder to be listed as the 3rd string LDE.

Another slight surprise is Michael Pittman who comes in listed as the 3rd string FB, while not being listed at all as a HB.

Not a surprise to me was the meteoric rise of Eddie Royal who sits behind Brandon Marshall at WR.  If the reports we hear are true and Marshall is suspended, that would put Royal in line to start Week 1 in Oakland.

Also of little surprise is Nate Webster starting at MLB.  It was obvious to me that Webster was the better player and deserved to get the nod over Niko Koutouvides.

Things are likely to change over the next month, but it sure is fun to talk about stuff on the field, isn't it?!?