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Depth Chart Changes: Jason Shirley moves to guard; Tank Johnson beats out Pat Sims

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On Monday morning the Bengals updated their depth chart, via the website.

One of the most glaring changes is that the Bengals moved Jason Shirley from defensive tackle to left guard behind Nate Livings. Jason Shirley. Now a guard. Convinced of this move, the Bengals changed his number from #97 to #70. Interesting. It makes you believe that this is a move to keep Shirley on the team; even though he's losing out battles at his native position. Stay tuned.

Tank Johnson beat out Pat Sims for the starting right defensive tackle position. I suppose it was a matter of time. Johnson is an established player, with pockets of really good play. On the other hand, Sims, while he had some good plays last year, is still young, inexperienced. This is a good Training Camp battle which should immensely improve this line. And don't worry about Sims; based on the team's discussion defensive tackle rotation, he's likely to have his share of snaps.

Also on defense, Michael Johnson's two sacks this weekend and Frostee Rucker's recent inactivity has swapped the two on the depth chart behind Antwan Odom. Rucker is the third-string right defensive end, and possibly a bubble-cut player (on the bubble for being cut).

Jeremi Johnson beat out Fui Vakapuna for the rights to start at fullback. Johnson has done well since coming back on his re-invention tour. He's at a manageable weight and he's contributing in the passing game when he can. Also due to inactivity because of injury, Dan Santucci lost his backup spot at center for rookie Jonathan Luigs.

Not reflective of the site's changes, Joe Reedy writes that "Augustus Parrish is the backup left tackle and Dennis Roland is backing up Anthony Collins at right tackle." He also points out that Coats is listed as the starter over Ben Utecht.