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Los Angeles Chargers: Pre-camp 53-man roster projection

CARSON, CALIFORNIA - DECEMBER 22: Head coach Anthony Lynn of the Los Angeles Chargers heads to the field to face the Baltimore Ravens at StubHub Center on December 22, 2018 in Carson, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
CARSON, CALIFORNIA - DECEMBER 22: Head coach Anthony Lynn of the Los Angeles Chargers heads to the field to face the Baltimore Ravens at StubHub Center on December 22, 2018 in Carson, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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SEATTLE, WA – DECEMBER 20: Defensive tackle Brandon Mebane #92 of the Seattle Seahawks looks from the bench near the end of the game against the Cleveland Browns at CenturyLink Field on December 20, 2015, in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
SEATTLE, WA – DECEMBER 20: Defensive tackle Brandon Mebane #92 of the Seattle Seahawks looks from the bench near the end of the game against the Cleveland Browns at CenturyLink Field on December 20, 2015, in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

Defensive tackle (4)

Brandon Mebane, Jerry Tillery, Justin Jones, Cortez Broughton

Cuts: Damion Square, Reggie Howard, T.Y. McGill

Potential surprise cut: None

You’ll see some surprise cuts on this list in Square and McGill, but that is because of the direction the Chargers took in the draft, bookending their class with defensive tackles in Tillery and Broughton. Both players could end up being steals for the team.

Mebane will be there to serve as the veteran voice of the group and the hope is that the experience Jones gained in his rookie season leads to him becoming a force on defense this season.

Defensive end (4)

Joey Bosa, Melvin Ingram, Isaac Rochell, Anthony Lanier

Cuts: Pat Afriye, Chris Peace

Potential surprise cut: None

Initially, I didn’t have Lanier making the team but the Chargers do need more than just one backup defensive end, even if the starters are two of the best in the league.

Rochell has proven to be a serviceable situational player as well, making this a strong group for the team.

Peace is the player to watch here and one who should not be counted out for a spot on the roster. He should push Lanier during the summer before earning a spot on the team’s practice squad. He has plenty of upside as a pass rusher.

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