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Six Chargers player competitions to watch this Saturday

GLENDALE, ARIZONA - AUGUST 08: Quarterback Easton Stick #2 of the Los Angeles Chargers hands off the football to running back Troymaine Pope #35 during the NFL preseason game against the Arizona Cardinals at State Farm Stadium on August 08, 2019 in Glendale, Arizona. The Cardinals defeated the Chargers 17-13. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
GLENDALE, ARIZONA - AUGUST 08: Quarterback Easton Stick #2 of the Los Angeles Chargers hands off the football to running back Troymaine Pope #35 during the NFL preseason game against the Arizona Cardinals at State Farm Stadium on August 08, 2019 in Glendale, Arizona. The Cardinals defeated the Chargers 17-13. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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The Chargers have quite a few position battles to watch this Saturday, though not all are for a starting position on offense or defense.

The Chargers are going to open the season with 95 percent of the first-string players they were projected to start before the preseason even began. Point being: This roster was largely set before training camp, and there shouldn’t be too many surprises come the first regular season games. Still, there are a few depth roles still up for grabs, and even a starting job.

Here’s six player competitions to keep an eye on this Saturday as the Chargers host the Seahawks:

Chargers battle to watch: Chris Peace vs Anthony Lanier

The Chargers are stacked at pass rusher, but no defense could ever have too many of them. Though Joey Bosa and Melvin Ingram were projected to start with zero chance of them losing their role, the depth behind them was a bit slim. Isaac Rochell is a more than capable backup defensive end, but they likely needed one more body to feel comfortable. Well, they got two.

Peace opened the preseason with everything from a sack and tackles to quarterback hits and pressures. Against the Arizona Cardinals, he may have been the most impressive defender. Following an injury, however, Peace was forced to miss the team’s preseason opener at home against the Saints. In his absence, Lanier quickly made himself known:

NOT TODAY. pic.twitter.com/EOAfuC9ADA

— Los Angeles Chargers (@Chargers) August 18, 2019

With Peace reportedly practicing again, both will have a chance to show off in the third preseason game, which is arguably the most important one of the four. Who will come out on top?

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