MIAMI GARDENS — The Dolphins released their first depth chart of the regular season Tuesday with no first-team changes from their final preseason listing.
The depth chart left open the possibility of either Keion Crossen or Noah Igbinoghene seeing extensive playing time at cornerback while Byron Jones recovers from leg surgery. He will be on the physically unable to perform list for at least a month.
Xavien Howard and Nik Needham are listed as the starting cornerbacks, but either Crossen or Igbinoghene will be pressed into action when the Dolphins go with three corners.
A similar situation occurs on the offensive depth chart, which lists fullback Alec Ingold and running backs Chase Edmonds and Raheem Mostert all on the first team. A more common look in today’s NFL would substitute at least one of those three in favor of a third wide receiver, most likely Cedrick Wilson.
Another more common look would be to field 11 players instead of the 12 listed as offensive starters.
Also notable on the depth chart:
· Trent Sherfield is the other second-team receiver opposite Wilson, which bumps Erik Ezukanma, a rookie who had a strong training camp, to the third team.
· The offensive line is exactly as expected, from left to right: Terron Armstead, Liam Eichenberg, Connor Williams, Rob Hunt and Austin Jackson. Greg Little is listed as the swing tackle, backing up on both the right and left side, and Robert Jones is backing up either guard position.
· With so many tight ends on the roster, the Dolphins had to go five deep. The pecking order: Mike Gesicki, Durham Smythe, Hunter Long, Cethan Carter and rookie Tanner Conner.
· Defensively, third-round pick Channing Tindall is on the third team at linebacker behind Jerome Baker and Duke Riley.
· Andrew Van Ginkel, who started 14 games last season, has been moved to second-team linebacker behind veteran Melvin Ingram. Another veteran added this offseason, Trey Flowers, is on the second team behind Jaelan Phillips.
· The Dolphins appear to be leaning heavily on speed in the return game. The top kickoff returners are Mostert, Jaylen Waddle and Edmonds. On punts, it’s Tyreek Hill, Waddle and Jevon Holland. The question is how often the Dolphins actually expose their front-line talent to injury on special teams.
Hal Habib covers the Dolphins for The Post. Help support our journalism. Subscribe today.
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