Marshall not first team on Broncos’ depth chart |

Marshall not first team on Broncos’ depth chart

Lindsay H. Jones
The Denver Post

The Broncos on Monday released their first official depth chart of 2009, and, not surprisingly, it looks nothing like the version released before the final game of last season.

The projected starting lineup for Friday’s first preseason game at San Francisco includes four new starters on offense, eight on defense and two on special teams.

There are some notable changes or surprises at several positions, including:

•-Wide receiver:

Josh McDaniels’ first depth chart includes three starting wide receivers and no fullback. This means standout slot receiver Brandon Stokley is considered a starter, while fullback Peyton Hillis is not. Also, Brandon Marshall is listed on the second team at wide receiver, behind Eddie Royal, Jabar Gaffney and Stokley. Marshall, the team’s leading receiver each of the past two seasons and a starter in the Pro Bowl last year, has not practiced since Aug. 2 because of injury.

•-Running back:

Veteran Correll Buckhalter has moved ahead of veteran LaMont Jordan, who took most of the first-team repetitions in the first week of camp. Hillis is listed third, and rookie Knowshon Moreno is listed fourth. On Monday, though, Buckhalter and Moreno took the majority of the reps with the first-team offense, with Hillis and Ryan Torain playing with the second team.

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