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Sam's Film Room: Making the case for Chase Young winning Defensive Rookie of the Year

Samuel Gold breaks down the film of Chase Young's rookie season

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In the 2020 NFL Draft, the Washington Football Team selected Chase Young second overall. They just came off a miserable 3-13 season and he was one of the best players in the entire NFL Draft. Even though they didn’t necessarily need another edge rusher with Ryan Kerrigan and Montez Sweat on the roster, it was impossible for Ron Rivera to pass on him. Now that we’re 15 weeks into the regular season, I wanted to break down his rookie season so far. I wanted to talk about what he’s doing well, what he still needs to work on to become even more dynamic, and I also wanted to give my case as to why I think Young should win this season’s defensive rookie of the year award.

The one main thing that really surprised me about Young was how intelligent he was in all aspects of the game. He’s not just a pure pass rusher or a pure run defender. His intelligence to swat passes and see screens forming near him is very impressive. He is very aware of the situation and it’s clear Jack Del Rio and this coaching staff trusts him.

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