The first preseason depth chart released by the Ravens has a few interesting elements to it, especially along the defensive line.
But before any analysis is given, here's the two-deep (three-deep for the offensive backfield):
LWR: Torrey Smith, Marlon Brown
RWR: Steve Smith, Jacoby Jones
LT: Eugene Monroe, James Hurst
LG: Kelechi Osemele, A.Q. Shipley
C: Jeremy Zuttah, Gino Gradkowski
RG: Marshal Yanda, Ryan Jensen
RT: Rick Wagner, Jah Reid
TE: Dennis Pitta, Owen Daniels
QB: Joe Flacco, Tyrod Taylor, Keith Wenning
FB: Kyle Juszczyk, Shaun Chapas
RB: Ray Rice, Bernard Pierce, Justin Forsett/Cierre Wood
DT: Haloti Ngata, Terrence Cody
NT: Brandon Williams, DeAngelo Tyson
DE: Chris Canty, Kapron Lewis-Moore
OLB: Terrell Suggs, Pernell McPhee
ILB: C.J. Mosley, Arthur Brown
ILB: Daryl Smith, Josh Bines
Sam: Courtney Upshaw or Elvis Dumervil
LCB: Lardarius Webb, Asa Jackson
SS: Matt Elam, Omar Brown
FS: Darian Stewart, Jeromy Miles
RCB: Jimmy Smith, Chykie Brown
P: Sam Koch, Richie Leone
K: Justin Tucker
LS: Morgan Cox
KR: Jacoby Jones, Asa Jackson
PR: Jacoby Jones, Asa Jackson
Note: The depth chart is put together by the Ravens PR staff, not John Harbaugh or anyone from the coaching staff.
Offensive thoughts: For the offensive line and receivers, it's pretty much as expected. The only place where there's any kind of thought is at third string running back, where Cierre Wood (along with Justin Forsett) is listed ahead of fourth-rounder Lorenzo Taliaferro. Wood could be considered a sleeper. But due to Taliaferro's draft selection, it would be hard to believe that Wood would wind up taking a spot over him.
Defensive thoughts: It looks like the Ravens plan on making Ngata more of a three-technique lineman this year as opposed to keeping him inside the majority of the time. Brandon Williams is a natural nose tackle and it will be time for him to take on that role.
One surprise is that Cody is no longer listed as a nose tackle as he's backing up Ngata at the three-technique. Perhaps the Ravens take a look at him there (once he's healthy from the hip injury) before deciding if he has a future with the team. Also, DeAngelo Tyson has moved inside to nose tackle, a position he played his final two years of college at Georgia. By all accounts, he's had a great start to camp and should factor into the defensive rotation.
Similar to last year, Upshaw and Dumervil are listed as co-starters in training camp. The in-game situation will likely dictate which player is in. And at inside linebacker, it's no surprise that C.J. Mosley is listed as a starter.
The defensive backs are positioned where most thought they'd be. One thing to look at is that Jackson is listed as Webb's backup at left corner. That could signify an edge for Jackson to be the third corner, since it would allow Webb to move inside.