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Published on 08/10/2009 at Mon Aug 10 14:53.
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The Denver Broncos released their first depth chart of the 2009 season today, with several surprises.

  • Brandon Marshall is not listed as a starter, although this is only mildly surprising.
  • Knowshon Moreno is listed as the fourth tailback, while Ryan Torain is the fifth.
  • The fullback position is not even listed (Coach Josh McDaniels has said that the FB would not be on the field often).
  • Marcus Thomas is only listed at DE, although he’s been practicing extensively as the 2nd team NT.
  • Mario Haggan has shot up the depth chart at OLB, where I rarely saw him line up in camp, and is listed as a starter over Darrell Reid and Robert Ayers.
  • Neither Eddie Royal nor Kenny McKinley are listed at the returner spots, although both have seen plenty of work there.

The full depth chart is after the jump!

(as of Monday, Aug. 10, 2009)
Broncos Offense
WR 19 Eddie Royal 84 Brandon Lloyd 11 Kenny McKinley 12 Matthew Willis
LT 78 Ryan Clady 76 Tyler Polumbus 68 Stanley Bryant
LG 50 Ben Hamilton 70 Seth Olsen 60 Matt McChesney
C 62 Casey Wiegmann 67 Kory Lichtensteiger 63 Blake Schlueter
RG 73 Chris Kuper 61 Mitch Erickson 72 Pat Murray
RT 74 Ryan Harris 77 Brandon Gorin 71 Clint Oldenburg
TE 89 Daniel Graham 88 Tony Scheffler 81 Richard Quinn 87 Jeb Putzier 85 Marquez Branson
WR 14 Brandon Stokley 83 Nate Swift 13 Travis Shelton
WR 10 Jabar Gaffney 15 Brandon Marshall 16 Chad Jackson 17 C.J. Jones
QB 8 Kyle Orton 2 Chris Simms 3 Tom Brandstater
RB 28 Correll Buckhalter 32 LaMont Jordan 22 Peyton Hillis 27 Knowshon Moreno 42 Ryan Torain 34 Darius Walker
Broncos Defense
DE 98 Ryan McBean 79 Marcus Thomas
NT 91 Ronald Fields 75 Chris Baker 97 Carlton Powell
DE 90 Kenny Peterson 99 Matthias Askew 64 Everette Pedescleaux 93 Nic Clemons 65 Rulon Davis
OLB 57 Mario Haggan 95 Darrell Reid 96 Tim Crowder
ILB 55 D.J. Williams 59 Wesley Woodyard 51 Lee Robinson
ILB 54 Andra Davis 46 Spencer Larsen 48 Braxton Kelley
OLB 92 Elvis Dumervil 56 Robert Ayers 94 Jarvis Moss
LCB 24 Champ Bailey 33 Alphonso Smith 35 D.J. Johnson 40 Rashod Moulton
RCB 21 Andre’ Goodman 26 Jack Williams 25 Joshua Bell 37 Tony Carter
SS 23 Renaldo Hill 30 David Bruton 36 Josh Barrett
FS 20 Brian Dawkins 31 Darcel McBath 39 Vernon Fox
Broncos Specialists
P 1 Brett Kern 4 Britton Colquitt
K 5 Matt Prater
KO 5 Matt Prater 1 Brett Kern 4 Britton Colquitt
PR 33 Alphonso Smith 12 Matthew Willis 13 Travis Shelton
KR 33 Alphonso Smith 12 Matthew Willis 13 Travis Shelton
PC 66 Lonie Paxton 73 Chris Kuper 88 Tony Scheffler
KC 66 Lonie Paxton 73 Chris Kuper 88 Tony Scheffler
H 1 Brett Kern 4 Britton Colquitt 8 Kyle Orton
  • sawyer johnson

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  • WhidbeyBronco

    More Kerry. I’m so glad I tuned in here again for the first time in a month… next time will be longer.
    Good work BT

  • Gouldinator1

    Yeah was a surprise to see Marshall there but McD said Gaffney was filling in for him.

  • Josh

    This quote from McDaniels pretty much sums up what he thinks of the depth chart (Thanks to John Bena over at MHR):

    “That is not our depth chart. We don’t have any starters right now. We have competition everywhere. The league mandates that we put out a roster for who is going to start in the first preseason game, and Brandon has a personal situation that he is going to attend to and won’t be able to make that first preseason game. (WR) Jabar Gaffney is going to start in his place. It is very simple. There is nothing other than that to that entire story.”

    I’d say McD just filled in the blanks since the league told him he had to.

  • Gavin

    I think a lot of this has to do with the preseason game coming up, and a lot of this has to do with playing time. The coaches can now get an extended look @ Reid, Ayers and McKinley. McD knows what Chad Jackson can do, but nothing about Kenny. I personally think we found a future stud.

    FB is no surprise at all, as Hillis is a lock for that position when we line in a two back set. I also think this is used as a motivational tool. It pushes the players who are not starting. McD knows exactly what he’s doing and I can’t wait for Friday!

  • Mr.East

    Screw Super Bowls… backflips are sweet.

  • robtink242

    if we have a circus why aren’t on any fantasy commercials?

  • kerry


    now you are talking!! backflips make the player! not actual talent. we should only draft guys who can do backflips because according to some here, that means Marcus Thomas is amazing. he is such an amazing athlete because he can do a backflip AND he can intercept a pass AND fumble it back to the other team all on the same play !! that takes TALENT!!