The Broncos depth chart, released on Monday, offered a few interesting tidbits:
– Correll Buckhalter was listed ahead of LaMont Jordan at tailback. Jordan has usually been first in, but the two have split reps. Peyton Hillis is third tailback (the team doesn’t even have a listing for fullback) and Knowshon Moreno is fourth. Moreno appeared to take the second reps after Buckhalter (Jordan was out with an apparent ankle injury) in today’s practice.
– The Broncos list a depth chart with three starting receivers, and Brandon Marshall isn’t one of them. Marshall has been out since Aug. 2 with a leg injury. Jabar Gaffney, Brandon Stokley and Eddie Royal are listed as the starters, with Marshall being listed behind Gaffney. That’s quite a message to the disgruntled Marshall, who was a starter for the AFC’s Pro Bowl team last season.
– Mario Haggan’s time with the first team is not a one-day experiment. He was a starter at left outside linebacker Sunday, was with the first team again Monday, and is listed as the starter on the depth chart at the position. Darrell Reid, the starter there for most of the offseason and the first week of camp, is second team.
– Rookie nose tackle Chris Baker has moved up the depth chart. He had been on the third team for most of camp, but was with the second team today and is also second on the depth chart. Marcus Thomas, who had been the second-team nose tackle, was practicing at end today.
– Alphonso Smith is listed as the starter at kickoff return and punt return. Eddie Royal, who has been lining up deep during practice at both positions, was not on the depth chart. That might be a sign the team is serious about cutting back his special-teams work because of his importance at receiver.
– Brett Kern is ahead of Britton Colquitt at punter.