July 28, 2013; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals centerKyle Cook
(64) during training camp at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: David Kohl-USA TODAY Sports
* There’s no surprise that Kyle Cook is the first-string center. He’s been very impressive in camp, and most believe he’s already looking like the projected opening day starter. Unless he gets injured, expect to see him start every game in 2013.
* Don’t be entirely shocked Brandon Ghee is ahead of Dre Kirkpatrick at cornerback. While Ghee has missed much of his first three seasons in the NFL due to injury, he has appeared in 14 Bengals games, so the coaches have a good idea of what Ghee can do for the team. With Kirkpatrick having missed the entire preseason last year, and appeared in just five games, he’s still a bit of an unknown, a rookie if you will.
That’s why he, along with Shawn Williams and Giovani Bernard are listed lower on the depth chart at their respective positions. Once they have a chance to prove themselves in the preseason, they’ll quickly rise up the depth chart, possibly into a starting role by the opener.
That being said, this very well could be the same chart you see when the Bengals take the field vs. the Bears in Week 1. Only time will tell.