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The Opener Brings Fun With Flip Cards

I know some of you are waiting breathlessly for the first depth charts of the summer, and even though these things don't carry much weight this time of year, I figured I'd pass them along. As a disclaimer, for instance LaRon Landry is listed as the starting strong safety, even though he finished last year as a free safety, has played free safety in camp thus far and has told people he is preparing to play free safety this season (Reed Doughty is playing strong safety).

Landry is out with a hamstring injury anyway, so it's a double-moot point I suppose. Stuart Schweigert is listed as the second-string strong safety (try saying that five times fast), which means tonight he will likely start at free safety, with Reed at strong safety (even though Doughty is listed as the first-string free safety.

Is anybody following this? I feel like some incompetent clown hired to write lame bits for Abbott and Costello, but seriously, that's how arcane it can get with flip-chart gymnastics.

Anyhoo, there are no surprises among the starters - and this is indeed, barring injury, a training camp without real position battles. The major subplot - incumbent punter Derrick Frost vs. rookie draft pick Durant Brooks - will play out over these five games. Frost is listed as the starter tonight and they will probably split halves in most of these games. (For what it's worth, corner Carlos Rogers, who is coming off major knee surgery and not playing tonight, and Shawn Springs are the starting corners, with Fred Smoot and Leigh Torrence the back-ups.)

Matt Sinclair - who is slated to wear the speaker helmet on defense tonight - is technically listed as the second-string strong-side linebacker, with injured H.B. Blades as middle linebacker with the second team, and Khary Campbell at the weak side.

As the preseason moves on, some of these rookies and young guys will move up into primary back-up roles, but for now they mostly comprise the third team. Their chance to start shining begins in a few hours, and in these first two games in particularly they will be carrying the bulk of the workload.

By Jason La Canfora  |  August 3, 2008; 6:22 PM ET
 
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