Here is the Depth Chart that Pitt Released today. I pulled it from Pittsburgh Sports Now, but I’m assuming EJ sent out a press release.
My fast thoughts in italics. Please feel free to discuss.
QB: Kenny Pickett. Backup- Nick Patti or Jeff George Jr. Interesting that the backup situation is an “Or”
RB: AJ Davis or Todd Sibley No surprises here.
WR: Taysir Mack, Tre Tipton, Maurice Ffrench. Backups- Aaron Mathews, Dontavius Butler-Jenkins, John Vardzel. John who?
TE: Will Gragg. Backups- Nakia Griffin-Stewart, Grant Carrigan So Gragg beat out Griffin-Stewart. Maybe that 20 lbs of muscle he put on in the offseason paid off.
LT: Carter Warren Backup- Carson Van Lynn And it’s official.
LG: Bryce Hargrove Backup- Brandon Ford Yep.
C- Jimmy Morrissey Backup- Owen Drexel Yep.
RG-Gabe Houy Backup- Jake Kradel or Chase Brown r-Frosh and local product Kradel cracks the two-deep.
RT- Nolan Ulizio Backup- Jerry Drake Jr.
DE: Patrick Jones Backups- John Morgan or Kaymar Mimes Mimes back to DE after TE last year speaks to a slight lack of depth at DE
DT: Jalen Twyman Backups- David Green or Tyler Bentley Young guys making the two deep all over this line.
DT: Keyshon Camp or Amir Watts Backup- Devin Danielson Nice to see another local guy make the two deep.
DE: Deslin Alexandre Backup- Habbukkuk Baldonado Haba is going to have to grow up fast.
Money Linebacker: Kylan Johnson Backup- Chase Pine Pine fails to grab the starting spot yet again. When is the lightbulb going to go on for this guy?
Mike Linebacker: Elias Reynolds or Saleem Brightwell Solid and experienced MLB corps.
Star Linebacker: Cam Bright or Phil Campbell I still think this is going to be the weak link of the defense.
Strong Safety: Paris Ford Backup- Jazzee Stocker Ford locked down the starting spot. Can he deliver?
Free Safety: Damar Hamlin Backup- Therran Coleman Coleman is a guy who has paid his dues for a while.
Cornerback: Dane Jackson Backup- Erick Hallett Surprised to see Hallett here. 5’11”. Redshirted last year.
Cornerback: Jason Pinnock or Damarri Mathis. As expected.