There were no big surprises on the Bears' first "unofficial' depth chart of the preseason. Roy Williams is ahead of Johnny Knox at the ''X'' wide receiver spot. Rookie Gabe Carimi is the starter at right tackle. Chester Taylor is ahead of newcomer Marion Barber as the backup to running back Matt Forte.
Second-year defensive end Corey Wootton is listed as No. 2 behind Israel Idonje at left end and shares the No. 2 spot behind Julius Peppers with newcomer Vernon Gholston. Rookies Nathan Enderle and Trevor Vittatoe are listed behind Jay Cutler and Caleb Hanie at quarterback.
The Bears don't list a slot receiver on their depth chart (Williams and Devin Hester are the listed starters) but it looks like Earl Bennett is ahead of undrafted rookie Dane Sanzenbacher at that spot. Sanzenbacher, who has had steady reps with the first team in practice thus far, appears to be closing the gap. Asked who plays the slot receiver earlier today, wide receivers coach Darryl Drake said, ''Bennett -- for now.''
Free safety Chris Conte, another rookie who has been impressive so far, is No. 2 behind Major Wright. Rookie J.T. Thomas is No. 2 behind Nick Roach at strong side linebacker. The other rookies listed as No. 2 are Dom DeCicco behind Brian Urlacher at middle linebacker and Josh Davis behind Carimi at right tackle -- though veteran players likely would step in at either of those spots in case of injury.
The kickoff returners are Hester, Knox, Kahlil Bell, D.J. Moore and undrafted Sanzenbacher. The punt returners are Hester, Earl Bennett, Knox, Moore and Sanzenbacher.