What Can We Learn From the Panthers First Depth Chart? Pretty Much Nothing

Ron Rivera's approach to dealing with the media and his team is to give a fairly no-nonsense approach. However, the presentation of the depth chart seems to be firmly couched in the John Fox era. It's first depth chart time– the time we learn nothing, and the lunatic fringe freaks out ("ZOMG NO KEEKLY STARTING!!!111!!!"). This initial listing gives a mammoth bump to veterans, even those who have been clearly outplayed in Spartanburg during camp thus far.

Second round pick Amini Silatolu is the only rookie to get a starting nod, but that's probably a factor of being as experienced as anyone else on the roster. So without futher ado here's your first Carolina Panthers depth chart of 2012:

Offense

QB- Cam Newton/ Derek Anderson/ Jimmy Clausen

RB: DeAngelo Williams/ Jonathan Stewart/ Josh Vaughan

FB: Mike Tolbert/ Richie Brockel

TE: Greg Olsen/ Gary Barnidge/ Ben Hartsock

WR1: Steve Smith/ David Gettis/ Seyi Ajirotutu

WR2: Brandon LaFell/ Armanti Edwards/ Kealoha Pilares

LT: Jordan Gross/ Garry Williams/ Lee Ziemba

LG: Amini Silatolu/ Jeff Byers/ Roger Allen

C: Ryan Kalil/ Mike Pollak / Zack Williams

RG: Geoff Hangartner/ Bryant Browning

RT: Byron Bell/ Bruce Campbell/ Matt Reynolds

More after the jump

Defense

LDE: Greg Hardy/ Eric Norwood/ Frank Alexander

DT: Terrell McClain/ Andre Neblett/ Ogemdi Nwagbuo

NT: Ron Edwards/ Sione Fua/ Frank Kearse

RDE: Charles Johnson/ Antwan Applewhite/ Ryan Van Bergen

SLB: James Anderson/ Jason Williams

MLB: Jon Beason/ Jason Phillips/ Kenny Onatolu

WLB: Thomas Davis/ Luke Kuechly/ Jason Phillips

LCB: Chris Gamble/ Darius Butler/ Brandon Hogan

RCB: Captain Munnerlyn/ R.J. Stanford/ Josh Norman

SS: Charles Godfrey/ Jonathan Nelson/ Reggie Smith

FS: Sherrod Martin/ Haruki Nakamura/ Jordan Pugh

Specialists

K: Olindo Mare/ Justin Medlock

P: Nick Harris/ Brad Nortman

KO: Olindo Mare/ Justin Medlock

H: Nick Harris/ Brad Nortman

PR: Armanti Edwards/ Kealoha Pilares/ Joe Adams

KR: Kealoha Pilares/ Armanti Edwards/ Brandon LaFell

LS: J.J. Jansen

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So there you have it folks. Please remember that this time last year Jimmy Clausen was the listed starter, and this is a time for rookies to earn their places. So please don't freak out.

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