The Ravens have released their first official depth chart of 2015 in advance of Thursday's preseason opener against the Saints. Granted, this might as well be written in pencil, and a lot can change between now and when the final 53-man roster is set, but there are a few things that stand out.
* At wide receiver, Steve Smith Sr. and Kamar Aiken are listed as the starters, with rookie Breshad Perriman and Marlon Brown as top backups. Perriman might ultimately be the Week 1 starter in September, but he hasn't practiced since Day 1 of training camp because of a knee injury. Brown (back) too has been hobbled. Michael Campanaro and Jeremy Butler are listed as third-string, but both have been impressive -- and healthy -- thus far in camp. And beyond those six, there is some talent, with 6-foot-6 Darren Waller, DeAndre Carter and a few others. Tough choices loom here.
* Kapron Lewis-Moore is listed as the top backup at defensive tackle, but he has not been running much with the top two units. Brent Urban is listed as a third-stringer, and John Harbaugh lashed out at him yesterday, but don't be fooled; Urban is going to be a factor this year. Urban, Lawrence Guy and Carl Davis all should make this team. Injuries might dictate how many defensive linemen the Ravens keep, but Lewis-Moore, who has missed two full seasons with injuries, and DeAngelo Tyson would appear to be very much on the bubble.
* Arthur Brown is listed ahead of Zach Orr at inside linebacker, but that's not how it's been playing out on the field. Orr has been getting more reps with the 1s and 2s, and he appears to be in the No. 2 position along with Albert McClellan. Orr is already a stronger special teams player than Brown, and Orr looked good yesterday moving laterally in run defense. This preseason might be Brown's last, best chance to show the Ravens something.
* Ravens fans no doubt recall Rashaan Melvin being picked on by Tom Brady in the playoffs, but the Ravens like his size (6-2) and his toughness. He seems to be ahead of Asa Jackson as a backup corner, and Quinton Pointer is making a strong bid to make the team.
* At safety, Bryden Trawick would appear to be the biggest beneficiary with the season-ending injury to Matt Elam. Trawick is now listed as the backup strong safety -- Elam's former spot -- and undrafted rookie Nick Perry suddenly has a much better shot of making this team.
* Asa Jackson is listed as the top punt returner, with Michael Campanaro as the top kick returner. Rookie DeAndre Carter is also listed, but the Ravens will audition more than those three. These jobs are still up for grabs.