3 surprises from Packers first depth chart and 2 things we expected

Top takeaways from the Packers first unofficial depth chart.
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Surprise: Innis Gaines the No. 2 slot corner

A player to watch in the preseason is Innis Gaines.

Gaines has an excellent chance of making the roster. He has regularly played at slot corner instead of safety this summer, and the depth chart now has him No. 2 at the position behind Keisean Nixon. Notably, he is ahead of Shemar Jean-Charles.

His ability to contribute on special teams is also a factor. Gaines is no longer competing in a crowded safety room but has found a role on defense in the slot. His stock is rising ahead of the preseason.

As expected: Starting defensive line

Green Bay's defensive line has received high praise throughout the summer, and the depth chart features no surprises.

The starting three is made up of Kenny Clark, T.J. Slaton, and Devonte Wyatt. As expected, Clark shifts to defensive end, with Slaton starting at nose tackle.

The second-team defense includes Colby Wooden and Karl Brooks at defensive end, with Jonathan Ford at nose tackle. Again, as expected.

Ford is the only player in this group not guaranteed to make the 53-man roster, but he has helped his chances with a solid start to training camp. It won't be surprising if the Packers keep all six on the roster to start the regular season.

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