Jeff Okudah Coming Off Bench – And Other Takeaways From Lions' First Depth Chart


The Lions released their first depth chart of the season Tuesday, so it's time to overreact.

Jeff Okudah is coming off the bench!?

D'Andre Swift is the fourth-string running back!?

Chase Daniel is starting over Matthew Stafford!?

OK, not that last one. But the first two, for now, are true. Detroit's top two draft picks aren't listed as starters for Sunday's season-opener against the Bears.

And that's not much of a surprise. Okudah showed the expected growing pains for a rookie cornerback in training camp, adapting to the speed of the NFL without the benefit of a normal offseason.

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And Swift, while he flashed his potential when healthy, spent much of training camp sidelined with a leg injury. He wasn't expected to be the starting running back anyway, with the Lions returning Kerryon Johnson.

Speaking of that position, the recently-signed Adrian Peterson is listed as No. 2 behind Johnson, with Ty Johnson No. 3 and Swift and converted CB Jamal Agnew listed together at No. 4.

Other takeaways from Detroit's first depth chart of the season, which will be a distant memory in a couple months:

- Amani Oruwariye is also listed as a CB coming off the bench, with Desmond Trufant and Justin Coleman listed as the starters. In reality, Oruwariye will team up with Trufant on the outside, while Coleman will cover the slot.

- Your starting return man, on both punts and kickoffs, is Agnew. He struggled with ball security in this capacity last season, but he was an All-Pro in 2018 and offers the kind of game-breaking potential the Lions can't pass up.

- Jamie Collins, Christian Jones and Jarrad Davis are listed as the starting linebackers. Collins is no surprise. And don't be surprised if Jahlani Tavai and Reggie Ragland end up playing more snaps than Davis and Jones.

- Starting at defensive end: Trey Flowers and Da'Shawn Hand. It's a big season for both these guys, particularly Hand. If he can just stay on the field, he's shown the potential to be a dominant player.

- Rookie Jonah Jackson has won the starting job at right guard. That was expected after the third-round pick held down that spot for most of training camp. Now we'll see how he holds up in game action.

- Joining Jackson on the offensive line: LT Taylor Decker, LG Joe Dahl, C Frank Ragnow, RT Halapoulivaati Vaitai. The big question: can this group keep Stafford on his feet?

- It's been said before, but the depth chart is a reminder of Detroit's depth at wide receiver: Kenny Golladay, Marvin Jones, Danny Amendola, backed up by Marvin Hall, Quinez Cephus and Agnew. In the words of Jones, "We have ballers."