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Chase Young named NFC Defensive Player and NFL Defensive Rookie of the Month

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In a development that should surprise no one, Chase Young has been named Defensive Player of the month for the NFC and Defensive Rookie of the Month for the NFL.

This also seems to take #99 a step closer to the Defensive Rookie of the Year honors.

December saw the Washington Football Team play the Steelers, 49ers, Seahawks, and Panthers.

In those games, the young Washington DE racked up 15 tackles, four quarterback hits, two sacks, two tackles for loss, two fumble recoveries, two forced fumbles and a touchdown.

Further, he finished off a strong case for Defensive Rookie of the Year in Week 17 (Janurary), ending the season as the league leader among rookies in sacks (7.5), tackles for loss (10) and QB hits (tied for 1st with 12).

Chase Young has become an integral part of the Washington defense as a rookie, pairing with Montez Sweat to form one of the most effective DE pairs in the league, and his contributions have helped first-year Washington head coach Ron Rivera get the team into the playoffs for the first time since the end of the 2015 season.

It’s scary to think that the 21-year-old is just getting started.