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FOXBORO, MA - DECEMBER 24: Tyrod Taylor #5 of the Buffalo Bills throws a pass against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium on December 24, 2017 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Tim Bradbury/Getty Images)
FOXBORO, MA - DECEMBER 24: Tyrod Taylor #5 of the Buffalo Bills throws a pass against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium on December 24, 2017 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Tim Bradbury/Getty Images)
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LANDOVER, MD – AUGUST 24: Quarterback Case Keenum #4 of the Denver Broncos is sacked by defensive end Anthony Lanier #72 of the Washington Redskins in the first half during a preseason game at FedExField on August 24, 2018, in Landover, Maryland. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
LANDOVER, MD – AUGUST 24: Quarterback Case Keenum #4 of the Denver Broncos is sacked by defensive end Anthony Lanier #72 of the Washington Redskins in the first half during a preseason game at FedExField on August 24, 2018, in Landover, Maryland. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

Anthony Lanier II – Defensive End

At the defensive end position for the Chargers, there has typically been a rotation between three players. Those players are Melvin Ingram, Joey Bosa, and Isaac Rochell. So, who is the player that will be called upon if one of those players is injured?

Last year, the answer to that question would be the only other Chargers defensive end that played a snap – Chris Landrum. This year, the only defensive end with experience behind the trio of Ingram, Bosa, and Rochell is Anthony Lanier.

Lanier is entering his fourth NFL season and second with the Chargers. You will be excused for not knowing his name, as he has yet to take a regular-season snap in a Bolts uniform.

However, that does not mean he has no experience or talent. Lanier has played in 15 games for the Washington Redskins, including two starts.

The video below summarizes Lanier’s best game to date in his career. At his best, Lanier can be a disruptive force in the NFL.

Go inside a career day for #Redskins DL Anthony Lanier II, who had two sacks, a forced fumble and three pass deflections. #HTTR #WinFromWithin pic.twitter.com/l3QdAmsaok

— Washington Redskins (@Redskins) December 18, 2017

If Lanier progresses in training camp and improves his consistency, then he could be a player that enters the defensive end rotation during the season and provides more rest for stars Bosa and Ingram. He is certainly a player to watch in the preseason.

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