It is amazing to me that all of the "top" web sites for the major networks have such a hard time assembling an accurate depth chart. I just visited about five web sites trying to get an accurate picture of the future training camp battles.
I learned one thing.
I, as a fan, know more about team personnel than the professionals who get paid to the job. I don't mean to pat myself on the back, but does this bother anyone else besides me?
I probably won't be 100 percent accurate and will listen to any corrections if anyone has any insight to offer.
Most sites have players in wrong positions, missing players, and outdated depth charts. You would think that big name web sites would be more active and accurate when it comes to their bread and butter, but I guess they don't consider it a priority.
I do have to give "props" to Omar Kelly, from the Sun Sentinel, who had a pretty accurate depth chart in a May article and always provides great insight on the Dolphins position battles. The story was picked up by FoxSports.com as well. It was written about a month ago and does not include recent transactions.
He and I do differ on certain players.
Some of the positions will change as we get a clearer picture of the team depth chart. I will speculate to a certain degree when it comes to recent draft picks and new free agents. I will also place players where I think they fit after the competition shakes out and based on abilities.
Some players will alternate between positions.
QB: Chad Pennington, Chad Henne, and Pat White
RB: Ronnie Brown, Ricky Williams, Patrick Cobbs, and Lex Hilliard
FB: Lousaka Polite and Chris Brown
TE: Anthony Fasano, David Martin, Joey Haynos, John Nalbone, and Jared Bronson
SE (X): Greg Camarillo, Brandon London, Patrick Turner, Ernest Wilford, and Brennan Marion
FL (Z): Ted Ginn Jr., Anthony Armstrong, Todd Lowber, and Chris Williams
Slot: Davone Bess and Brian Hartline
LT: Jake Long, Andrew Gardner, and SirVincent Rogers
LG: Justin Smiley, Andy Alleman, and J.D. Quinn
C: Jake Grove
RG: Donald Thomas, Brandon Frye, Joe Berger, and Ikechuku Ndukwe
RT: Vernon Carey, Nate Garner, and SirVincent Rogers
SDE: Kendall Langford, Tony McDaniel, Rodrique Wright, and Ryan Baker
NT: Jason Ferguson, Paul Soliai, Joe Cohen, and Louis Ellis
WDE: Phillip Merling, Randy Starks, and Lionel Dotson
SOLB: Matt Roth/Jason Taylor, Quentin Moses, Tearrius George, and Orion Baker
SILB: Akin Ayodele and William Kershaw
WILB: Channing Crowder, Reggie Torbor, and J.D. Folsom
WOLB: Joey Porter, Charlie Anderson, Cameron Wake, and Erik Walden
SCB: Will Allen, Sean Smith, Jason Allen, Joey Thomas, and Will Billingsley
SS: Yeremiah Bell, Tyrone Culver, and Courtney Bryan
FS: Gibril Wilson, Chris Clemons, and Ethan Kilmer
WCB: Eric Green, Vontae Davis, Nathan Jones, and Scorpio Babers
P: Brandon Fields and Jy Bond
K: Dan Carpenter
LS: John Denney
PR: Brian Hartline
KR: Ted Ginn Jr.
It will be interesting to see who ends up with return duties. I was not impressed with Davone Bess as a Punt Returner last year. He was sure handed but offered little run after the catch ability as a wide receiver or returner.
I also don't know if Tony Sporano will continue to use Ginn as a Kick Returner. He could be very dangerous with an improved blocking unit, but he may be needed more as a wide out. I don't see anyone else on our roster that scares anyone as a returner. Cobbs was pretty good but does not possess the necessary speed.