Mike Tomlin and the rest of the NFL have to release their initial depth chart later this week. It is always interesting to see where certain players line up when the initial ranking of players at their position land. Tomlin always claims to never read in-depth with these outcomes as the pre-season and training camp are a fluid situation.
Fans and other media outlets love to ponder over what the first depth chart could possibly mean for certain players, especially when it pertains to them making the 53-man roster. Although the first depth chart might provide some clues to the final roster, it does not tell the whole story. The pre-season is a long process and players that might not be positioned favorably on this depth chart might improve their spot.
Dan Moore Jr. will hang onto his starting spot at left tackle
Dan Moore Jr. being listed as the starting left tackle on the opening depth chart seems like a lock at this point. Broderick Jones has done some good things during the early days of practice at training camp, but he has a long way to go still. Coaches will want to bring him along slowly before they have him take over the starting duties.
Moore will be listed as the starter on the left side in this depth chart and might hold that title into the start of the regular season. It is interesting that the team is giving him a chunk of snaps at right tackle during these most recent practices. If Jones can find a way to dethrone Moore, don't be shocked if Chuks Okorafor finds his starting job on the opposite side in jeopardy.