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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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MINNEAPOLIS, MN – DECEMBER 18: T.Y. McGill #99 of the Indianapolis Colts celebrates after making a sack in the second half of the game against the Minnesota Vikings on December 18, 2016, at US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Adam Bettcher/Getty Images)
MINNEAPOLIS, MN – DECEMBER 18: T.Y. McGill #99 of the Indianapolis Colts celebrates after making a sack in the second half of the game against the Minnesota Vikings on December 18, 2016, at US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Adam Bettcher/Getty Images)

Third-string

Defensive tackles: T.Y. McGill, Cortez Broughton

McGill has bounced all over the league since coming to the professional ranks in 2015 and this is actually his second stint with the Chargers. Though he does have some experience, he is looking up at Square and Jones and will have a tough time making the team this year.

The name to keep an eye on is that of Broughton. This year’s seventh-round pick could end up being a steal for the Chargers. Look for the rookie to make this year’s final roster.

He is coming off of a 7.5-sack senior season at Cincinnati.

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Defensive ends: Patrick Afriye, Emeke Egbule, Chris Peace

Afriye was with the team as an undrafted free agent out of Colgate last season. Though he faces long odds of making the team, he did enough to earn a second shot with the Chargers.

Egbule, the team’s sixth-round draft pick, is more of an outside linebacker but he could line up as a defensive end from time to time in certain sets. The same rings true for Peace, an undrafted free agent from Virginia.

Both players will be used mainly as linebackers, but for the sake of this depth chart, they’ll be added due to the fact that the team just doesn’t have many natural defensive ends so other options will likely be considered.

Others

Defensive tackles: Reggie Howard, Eurndraus Bryant

Deep down on the depth chart are two undrafted free agents. Howard is coming off of a solid senior season at Toledo in which he registered 49 total tackles (14.5 for loss) and 2.5 sacks. Bryant is a big, athletic tackle who many fans are already predicting that he could be the undrafted free agent that makes the 53-man roster this year.

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