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Los Angeles Chargers: A look at team’s defensive line depth chart

FOXBOROUGH, MASSACHUSETTS - JANUARY 13: Justin Jones #91 of the Los Angeles Chargers reacts prior to the AFC Divisional Playoff Game against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium on January 13, 2019 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
FOXBOROUGH, MASSACHUSETTS - JANUARY 13: Justin Jones #91 of the Los Angeles Chargers reacts prior to the AFC Divisional Playoff Game against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium on January 13, 2019 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images) /
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LONDON, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 21: Isaac Rochell of Los Angeles Chargers is seen in the tunnel during the NFL International Series match between Tennessee Titans and Los Angeles Chargers at Wembley Stadium on October 21, 2018, in London, England. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 21: Isaac Rochell of Los Angeles Chargers is seen in the tunnel during the NFL International Series match between Tennessee Titans and Los Angeles Chargers at Wembley Stadium on October 21, 2018, in London, England. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images) /

Second-string

Defensive tackles: Justin Jones, Damion Square

Jones will be entering his second season and some may see him pushing Mebane for a starting spot, but he’s likely best utilized as a rotational big-bodied defender at this stage of his career. With a year under his belt, he should be much more productive this season.

Jones finished his rookie season with 16 total tackles and a half of a sack.

Square was just brought back into the fold last week after spending two months on the free-agent market. He is familiar with the team and the defensive scheme so re-signing him made all the sense in the world. The only thing that didn’t was waiting so long to do it.

Square should be able to push for a spot on the 53-man roster, but he’ll have to fend off some young, hungry players behind him.

Defensive ends: Isaac Rochell, Anthony Lanier

Rochell is really beginning to come into his own for the team and is the clear-cut No. 3 defensive end on the roster. He had five sacks and an interception last season and his best football could well be in front of him.

Lanier is still trying to find his place in the league, if he has one, but he gets the slot here because the team doesn’t have another defensive end with any NFL playing experience.

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