Quick takeaways from Detroit Lions first unofficial depth chart

Here's a look at the first, "unofficial" depth chart for the Detroit Lions in 2023.

As is custom for teams heading into the first preseason game, the Detroit Lions have released their first "unofficial" depth chart for the 2023 preseason.

This is were we say don't overreact to a depth chart that's put out before the first preseason game. Things can and will change moving forward, in a basic, granular way for the Lions (Teddy Bridgewater signing) and as players officially earn starting roles/jobs. At this stage, a depth chart is a general reflection of where players have been getting practice reps so far in training camp.

Many starters, by this depth chart or the general vibe, probably won't play much, if at all, against the Giants on Friday night. This week's joint practices will be more valuable as prep work.

That being said, here are some quick reactions to the Lions first "unofficial" depth chart.

Quick takeaways from Detroit Lions "unofficial" depth chart

Brock Wright listed as the No. 1 tight end

By all accounts, rookie tight end Sam Laporta has asserted himself as the Lions' No. 1 tight end. But as a nod to his veteran status, Wright is listed as the starting tight end. Experience is a general theme of favoritism on this "unofficial" depth chart.

Halapoulivaati Vaitai listed as starting right guard

Graham Glasgow has taken the early lead in the battle to be the Lions' starting right guard, as Vaitai has battled a minor back issue. But yet it's "Big V" listed as the starter. That's as much an indication of the actual value of this first depth chart as anything.

Derrick Barnes over Jack Campbell

Campbell is making a legit push for a starting job thus far in camp. But Barnes has looked good too, and he will get every chance to win the job next to Alex Anzalone.

Edge rusher pecking order

Romeo Okwara being the last defensive end/edge rusher listed is a bit striking to see, with his brother Julian, who is firmly on the roster bubble, a notch ahead.

Other notes: Undrafted rookie Starling Thomas is listed as the backup to Jerry Jacobs at an outside cornerback spot. Overall, the listing at cornerback/nickel secondary is what you'd expect. Riley Patterson is listed as the No. 1 kicker, reflecting his status as the favorite to win that job. Justin Jackson is listed as the kickoff returner.

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