It’s obviously too soon to put together any kind of credible depth chart for fall camp but we can start to look at some of the positions in the PRP’s, particularly with the newcomers, to see where players are lining up. Here’s a look at each position group with what we’re seeing so far.
QB: Matt Fink – Jack Sears – JT Daniels
This has been the order they’ve taken the reps when all 3 QB’s have been in attendance, and I wouldn’t look at it as anything other than seniority at this point. The reps are split fairly equally, and one benefit for JT has been the fact that there isn’t a ton of depth at receiver, so the guys that are there are taking a lot of reps with the “3rd” unit too.
RB: Stephen Carr – Aca’Cedric Ware – Vavae Malepeai – Markese Stepp
I’m including Carr here even though we may not see him do any on-field drills. He’s been able to get out there a couple times to watch and that’s good enough for me right now. It also gives an opportunity to see our other good backs as well.
WR: Tyler Vaughns – Josh Imatorbhebhe
WR: Michael Pittman – Randal Grimes – Devon Williams
WR: Velus Jones – Amon-Ra St. Brown – Trevon Sidney – Pie Young
We haven’t seen Grimes, Sidney or Young in PRP’s yet. Velus is taking the starting reps as the third receiver but I’m certainly not counting out St. Brown making a major push as we get closer to the season because he looks real polished. Williams isn’t as polished but the raw physical skills are there.
TE: Daniel Imatorbhebhe – Tyler Petite – Josh Falo – Erik Krommenhoek
Like Carr, I’ve been pleased to at least see Daniel at a couple of these sessions, and to be so active with helping others with their assignments. Petite has been the most active receiver of the group as we haven’t seen Falo on the field yet.
LT: Austin Jackson – Clayton Johnston
LG: Chris Brown – Jordan Austin – Frank Martin
C: Toa Lobendahn – Brett Neilon – Justin Dedich
RG: Andrew Vorhees – Alijah Vera-Tucker – Jacob Daniel
RT: Chuma Edoga – Jalen McKenzie – Liam Douglass
We haven’t see Austin Jackson on the field so Johnston has been taking a lot of reps, and looking good in the process. Jalen McKenzie has jumped out with how good he looks, trimmed down and seeing action at both RT and RG.
DT: Christian Rector – Caleb Tremblay – Liam Jimmons
NT: Brandon Pili – Marlon Tuipulotu – Jay Tufele – Trevor Trout
DT: Malik Dorton – Connor Murphy – Jacob Lichtenstein
This is a position group where we see a lot of movement and guys playing different positions, especially with guys like Tuipulotu and Murphy limited. Through the first two weeks of PRP’s I continue to say that Brandon Pili is the guy who most jumps out to me. He’s active on the field, on the sidelines, throwing passes, taking reps at RB for the service group and practicing his kick boxing moves against any teammate in his vicinity.
OLB: Porter Gustin – Hunter Echols – Abdul Malik-McClain
OLB: Jordan Iosefa – Oluwole Betiku – Juliano Falaniko – Kana’I Mauga
ILB: Cameron Smith – Reuben Peters – Solomon Tuliaupupu – Raymond Scott
ILB: John Houston – Levi Jones – Palaie Gaoteote – Tayler Katoa
Betiku and Katoa have been unavailable for the PRP’s, while Solomon has been limited to walk-throughs. Peters is taking the 2nd team reps behind Cam for now but all bets are off once Solomon gets healthy.
CB: Iman Marshall – Greg Johnson – Chase Williams – Isaac Taylor-Stuart
CB: Ajene Harris – Ykili Ross – Jonathan Lockett
CB: Isaiah Langley – Lockett – Jay Godfrey – Olijah Griffin
S: Marvell Tell – C.J. Pollard – Isaiah Pola-Mao
S: Ykili Ross – Bubba Bolden – Talanoa Hufanga
Ross is seeing time at both slot corner and safety, while Lockett can play either slot corner or outside. I’m looking forward to see more from Pola-Mao because you get the feeling he can be a real enforcer. The two freshmen corners Griffin and Taylor-Stuart are listed 4th at their respective spots only because they just got here, Griffin has made his share of plays so far.