Taylor Decker exception to rule on Lions' first depth chart
Allen Park — The Detroit Lions have released their first depth chart, leading up to the team’s preseason opener Friday with the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field.
Even though the chart is unofficial — compiled by the team’s media-relations department and approved by the coaching staff — there aren’t a lot of surprises.
The offensive line is set up as expected. First-round draft pick Taylor Decker is listed as the starter at left tackle, where he’s practiced since his first day with the team. At center, incumbent Travis Swanson is the top option, while rookie challenger Graham Glasgow is third-string, behind Gabe Ikard.
Decker is the exception to the rule, with most rookies listed at the back end of the chart. Even second-round selection A’Shawn Robinson is currently listed as a fourth-stringer, behind veterans such as Caraun Reid, Gabe Wright, Stefan Charles and Khyri Thornton.
At some of the other key competitions, Josh Bynes and Kyle Van Noy are the starters at outside linebacker, Rafael Bush gets the nod at strong safety and Stevan Ridley is ahead of Zach Zenner and George Winn at running back.