On Tuesday, Bengals.com published the team's 2009 Depth Chart -- which is likely to change from now until meeting, and destroying, the Denver Broncos in September. Any surprises? J.T. O'Sullivan is the team's starting quarterback. Kidding. Kidding.
Kenny Watson is listed as the backup running back with Brian Leonard on third-team and Bernard Scott on the honorable "Other" column. Fui Vakapuna starts over J.D Runnels as the team's feature fullback while Jeremi Johnson is listed third on the chart and Chris Pressley a distant fourth. No real surprises at wide receiver with Chad Johnson and Laveranues Coles starting. Chris Henry and Andre Caldwell are the team's first backups. Andre Smith is listed as the starting right tackle (which is expected, but could change). Chase Coffman is listed under "Other", behind Reggie Kelly, Ben Utecht and Daniel Coats, who is apparently moving back to tight end.
Defensively, the team lists their safeties as Roy Williams (strong) and Chris Crocker (free) -- acquisitions picked up dating back to the middle of last season. Chinedum Ndukwe and Marvin White, two of the team's 2007 draft picks, are the primary backups. Rashad Jeanty is listed over Rey Maualuga (which we expected) and Domata Peko and Pat Sims start at tackle. Jason Shirley and Tank Johnson are rotating in as backups and rookie Clinton McDonald is listed as a third-teamer. Michael Johnson, another rookie, is listed as the team's third-string defensive end behind Frostee Rucker.
Not many surprises. Most of what happens during Training Camp will shift everything around; so there's really little stock on the depth chart -- other than further confirming that football season is near!