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Newcomers and No-Names: 2015 San Diego Chargers Defense & Special Teams

On the fringes of the San Diego Chargers roster are men who you may not know, but could play major roles in the team's defensive and special teams units this season. Let's learn their names.

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In continuing our effort to provide you with a full run down of a who's who on the Chargers roster, it's time to document the newcomers and (relatively) no-names on defense and special teams.

Defensive Ends:

No. 67 Cameron Boticelli: Was an Honorable mention All-Big 10 and Minnesota's defensive lineman of the year in his final season with the Golden Gophers.

No. 93 Darius Philon: The 2015 6th round draft pick played two seasons at Arkansas before entering the draft as a redshirt sophomore. Has the makings of a solid one-gap penetrator but is raw.

Defensive Tackles:

No. 71 Damion Square: The Chargers claimed him off waivers last November though he didn't appear in a game in 2014. Previously spent time with Philadelphia and Kansas City.

No. 95 Tenny Palepoi: Just thought you'd like to know he changed his number frm 72 to 95.

No. 96 Mitch Unrein: One of two former Broncos brought in during free agency. Primarily served as a rotational defensive lineman in Denver, though there was that one time he caught a touchdown pass from Peyton Manning.

Inside Linebackers:

No. 40 Chi Chi Ariguzo: Ikechi "Chi Chi" Ariguzo is an undrafted free agent from Northwestern. A bit light for an outside linebacker as he's listd at just 235 pounds.

No. 48 Nick Dzubnar: Another sweet last name, Dzubnar finished with a school record 167 tackles in his final season at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.

No. 49 Curtis Grant: The former Ohio State Buckeye was a five-star recruit in high school. Was a co-captain on last year's national championship team.

Outside Linebackers:

No. 44 Ryan Mueller: Making the transition from defensive end to outside linebacker. Was the Big 12 Defensive Lineman of the Year his junior season, when he tallied 11.5 sacks.

No. 46 Brock Hekking: The resident Brian Bosworth impersonator racked up 22.5 career sacks during his college career at Nevada.

No. 51 Kyle Emanuel: The former North Dakota State star seems to be a natural fit at outside linebacker, despite playing defensive end in college. Figures to make most of his impact on special teams, at least initially.

No. 57 Colton Underwood: Back for his second training camp with the Chargers. Was signed to the practice squad Week 4 of last season.


No. 26 Patrick Robinson: A former first round pick of theNew Orleans Saints, Robinson figures to compete for the nickel corner spot in his first season with the Chargers.

No. 29 Craig Mager: A bit of a surprise as a third round selection, the Texas State product will be facing a big step up in competition his first season in the league. Expected to contribute on special teams and provide depth in the secondary.

No.33 Greg Ducre: Back for his second training camp in San Diego, spent time on the Redskins active roster in between stints on the Chargers practice squad.

No. 35 Richard Crawford: A local product, Crawford went to El Camino High School in Oceanside, California before going on to SMU and later the Redskins.

No. 38 Manuel Asprilla: An undrafted free agent out of Boston College, hauled in four career interceptions with the Eagles.

No. 45 Lowell Rose: Was in camp with the Chargers last year, before spending the season with the Dolphins.


No. 27 Jimmy Wilson: Speaking of defensive backs who spent time with the Dolphins, Wilson started 13 games at safety for Miami last season and should compete for the spot vacated by Marcus Gilchrist.

No. 31 Adrian Phillips: Played in three games for the Chargers last season, was waived five times and was re-signed to either the practice squad or active roster seven times a year ago.

No. 41 Gordon Hill: Undrafted rookie free agent out of Sacred Heart where he finished his career with five interceptions.

No. 42 Johnny Lowdermilk: The sweet names keep on coming in. Mr. Lowdermilk is one of the bigger safeties on the roster at 6-foot-1, 210 pounds. A rookie free agent out of Iowa.


No. 2 Josh Lambo: In camp to give Novak a spell, conected on 21 of 25 field goals in his time at Texas A&M.