The Bengals released their first depth chart of the preseason Friday and there aren’t too many surprises to it.
Most notably, Orson Charles is listed first among H-backs/fullbacks, ahead of John Conner and the injured Chris Pressley. Charles, a fourth-round draft choice last year, is a converted tight end. George Iloka is listed first team at strong safety, ahead of Taylor Mays and rookie third-round pick Shawn Williams.
Take this depth chart with a grain of salt. It’s one of those topics head coach Marvin Lewis despises talking about and claims to pay little attention. Carlos Dunlap was listed as the first team left defensive end all of last season but Robert Geathers started every game. Dunlap’s lone start of the season came at right end.
Second-year player Mohamed Sanu is listed as the second starting wide receiver along with A.J. Green, while Marvin Jones is listed behind Green. Kyle Cook is the first team center, ahead of Trevor Robinson and rookie T.J. Johnson.
Dre Kirkpatrick, last year’s first of two No. 1 picks, has had a good training camp so far but is still third at left cornerback behind Terence Newman and Brandon Ghee. Ghee has quietly had a productive camp as well. Most importantly for the fourth-year player, he has stayed healthy throughout the offseason and through the first week of training camp.