The Dolphins depth chart came out Monday as a function of the fact the team plays a preseason game this week and today was the deadline for putting the chart out for that game.
John Denney and Brandon Fields ought to be feeling pretty good about themselves. They have no one competing with them for their jobs as long snapper and punter, respectively.
OK seriously: You'll certainly note the quarterback is Josh McCown with John Beck next and rookie Chad Henne third. The fact is, according to coach Tony Sparano, the chart was set based on experience and not performance.
Were it based on performance, I believe Henne might be first with McCown second and Beck third.
But as Sparano noted, the depth chart can change.
Note that veteran Trey Darilek is ahead of rookie Donald Thomas at right guard although Thomas spent all of last week with the starting unit. The fact is Darilek had to move to tackle and even got work at center much of last week because of injuries, opening the spot for Thomas.
Coaches still believe Darilek is more likely to win that guard spot based on his experience and maturity. Thomas is longer on potential, however.
Note that at tight end, Justin Peelle is needing to get healthy so he can gain some ground in the race for a job. The Dolphins have five tight ends in camp. Peelle, nursing a knee most of last week, is listed fourth.
Note Anthony Fasano is listed ahead of last year's starter David Martin at tight end. That comes as no surprise as Fasano is a favorite of Sparano going back to their Dallas days and he isn't disappointing in Miami.
Note that Patick Cobbs is ahead of BOTH rookie running backs Jalen Parmele and Lex Hilliard. Hilliard has been the least impressive of the backs in camp so far and has at times struggled catching the football. He needs to flash on special teams in the preseason because Cobbs is likely to be pretty good on special teams.
Finally, note that Renaldo Hill, a starter each of the past two seasons, is running third team at free safety. That's a tough spot for Hill because his advantage the past couple of years has been his superior knowledge of the system. That more than made up for Jason Allen's superior speed.
But under this more player-friendly system, Allen is catching on better and that is allowing his athletic skills to flash more. Second-teamer Chris Crocker, meanwhile, is younger than Hill by a couple of years and that is an advantage for him. The long and short is Hill has to make up some ground in the preseason because he hasn't even been on first team in the nickel or dime packages.
So below is the chart. The rooks are underlined.
WR: Ted Ginn, Derek Hagan, David Kircus, Jayson Foster, Anthony Armstrong
LT: Jake Long, Ikechuku Ndukwe
LG: Justin Smiley, Shawn Murphy
C: Samson Satele, Steve McKinney, Matt Spanos
RG: Trey Darilek, Donald Thomas, Mike Byrne
RT: Vernon Carey, Daren Heerspink
TE: Anthony Fasano, David Martin, Sean Ryan, Justin Peelle, Matthew Mulligan
WR: Ernest Wilford, Greg Camarillo, Davone Bess, John Dunlap, Selwyn Lymon
QB: Josh McCown, John Beck, Chad Henne
FB: Regan Mauia, Boomer Grigsby
RB: Ronnie Brown, Ricky Williams, Patrick Cobbs, Jalen Parmele, Lex Hilliard
LE: Matt Roth, Randy Starks, Kendall Langford, Rodrique Wright
NT: Jason Ferguson, Paul Soliai, Anthony Toribio
RE: Vonnie Holliday, Phillip Merling, Lionel Dotson
SLB: Joey Porter, Rob Ninkovich, Junior Glymph, Titus Brown
ILB: Channing Crowder, Kelvin Smith, Kelly Poppinga
ILB : Akin Ayodele, Reggie Torbor, Edmond Miles
WLB: Charlie Anderson, Quentin Moses, Keith Saunders
LCB: Will Allen, Joey Thomas, Chris Roberson
RCB: Andre Goodman, Travis Daniels, Nathan Jones, Will Billingsley
FS: Jason Allen, Chris Crocker, Renaldo Hill
SS: Yeremiah Bell, Keith Davis, Courtney Bryan
P: Brandon Fields
K: Jay Feely, Dan Carpenter
KO: Jay Feely, Dan Carpenter
H: Brandon Fields
KOR: Ted Ginn, Jayson Foster, Davone Bess
PR: Ted Ginn, Jayson Foster, Davone Bess
LS: John Denney