Rookie Chris Lindstrom is listed as the starting right guard in the first depth chart of the season released by the Falcons in the weekly release previewing the game against the Denver Broncos, which is set for 8 p.m. Thursday at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium in Canton, Ohio.
James Carpenter, who’s been rotating with Jamon Brown at left guard, is listed as the starter.
“I can tell you that it hasn’t separated itself just yet,” Falcons coach Dan Quinn said of the left guard battle. “We were going to keep working through that... There are parts of the game where James has been better and there are parts of the game where Jamon has (been better). It’s fair to say, (we’ll) take our time. We have the time to do that. Let’s make sure. Both guys deserve that.”
Running back Brian Hill, who was the star of the first-half or the red-white scrimmage Sunday, is listed as the fifth running back behind Devonta Freeman, Ito Smith, rookie Qadree Ollison and Kenjon Barner. Tony Brooks-James is listed sixth on the depth chart.
“That’s a lot of weapons at running back,” Quinn said. “With special teams roles and third-down roles, we’re going to keep working the guys into those spaces, but I would say on offense at (offensive) line and at running back, (those) seems to be (the) groups that have the deepest stable of guys that have had good performances.”
On the defense, the Falcons list a 5-2-4, with three rows of defensive ends.
Allen Bailey, Takk McKinley and Vic Beasley are all listed as starters.
The team didn’t list the punt returner and kickoff returner depth chart.
In practice Barner and Marcus Green appear to be battling for both spots.
Here’s the first official depth chart of the season:
WR 11 Julio Jones, 83 Russell Gage, 15 Devin Gray, 17 Olamide Zaccheaus, 16 Shawn Bane, 19 Kahlil Lewis
LT 70 Jake Matthews, 73 Matt Gono, 67 Dieugot Joseph
LG 77 James Carpenter, 68 Jamon Brown, 75 John Wetzel, 69 Lanard Bonner
C 51 Alex Mack, 71 Wes Schweitzer, 61 Chandler Miller
RG 63 Chris Lindstrom, 72 Adam Gettis, 64 Sean Harlow
RT 74 Ty Sambrailo, 76 Kaleb McGary, 65 Jaelin Robinson
TE 81 Austin Hooper, 80 Luke Stocker, 85 Eric Saubert, 82 Logan Paulsen, 87 Jaeden Graham, 89 Alex Gray
WR 12 Mohamed Sanu, 18 Calvin Ridley, 14 Justin Hardy, 3 Marcus Green, 13 Christian Blake, 7 C.J. Worton
QB 2 Matt Ryan, 8 Matt Schaub, 6 Kurt Benkert
RB 24 Devonta Freeman, 25 Ito Smith, 32 Qadree Ollison, 38 Kenjon Barner, 23 Brian Hill, 46 Tony Brooks-James
FB 30 Ricky Ortiz
DE 98 Takkarist McKinley, 99 Adrian Clayborn, 62 Austin Larkin, 49 Tre’ Crawford
DT 97 Grady Jarrett, 95 Jack Crawford, 92 Justin Zimmer
DT 96 Tyeler Davison, 94 Deadrin Senat, 90 Ra’Shede Hageman6 Allen Bailey 50 John Cominsky 79 Jaco
DE 99 Allen Bailey, 50 John Cominsky, 79 Jacob Tuioti-Mariner
DE 44 Vic Beasley Jr., 91 Chris Odom, 52 Yurik Bethune, 48 Durrant Miles
LB 59 De’Vondre Campbell, 54 Foyesade Oluokun, 42 Duke Riley
LB 45 Deion Jones, 55 Bruce Carter, 53 Jermaine Grace, 46 Del’Shawn Phillips
CB 26 Isaiah Oliver, 33 Blidi Wreh-Wilson, 20 Kendall Sheffield, 32 Rashard Causey, 23 Jayson Stanley
CB 21 Desmond Trufant, 27 Damontae Kazee, 28 Jordan Miller, 40 Ryan Neal, 39 Taveze Calhoun
S 37 Ricardo Allen, 41 Sharrod Neasman, 34 Chris Cooper
S 22 Keanu Neal, 36 Kemal Ishmael, 43 Parker Baldwin, 35 Jason Thompson
K 4 Giorgio Tavecchio
KO 5 Matt Bosher
P 5 Matt Bosher
LS 47 Josh Harris, 48 Kyle Vasey
H 5 Matt Bosher
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