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Young doesn't think he deserves Sean Taylor comparisons, yet

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This past Sunday, Washington Football Team rookie Chase Young scored his first career touchdown. That play came on an impressive scoop-and-score, one where the No. 2 overall pick put his elite athleticism and speed on display for everyone to see.

Young's touchdown came on a play that looked awfully familiar to Washington fans: a fumble-turned-touchdown by the late, great Sean Taylor against the Philadelphia Eagles to clinch a playoff spot for the Burgundy and Gold.

This side-by-side comparison sparked the beginning of comparisons between a Washington legend, Taylor, and the player who has the highest expectations placed on him in Washington since the safety's death, Young.

Speaking with the local media on Thursday, though, Young said he doesn't even want to hear those comparisons to Taylor -- just yet.

"Don't even put me in that sentence with him, man," Young said. 

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Although they play different positions, there are plenty of similarities between the two of them.

Both Young and Taylor were top-five draft picks by Washington and immediate difference-makers on defense. Every snap Taylor took, and that Young takes, there's a feeling that something incredible is about to happen.

For now, though, Young feels he has a long way to go to reach the level Taylor was on.

"Sean Taylor, he's one of the greats. I don't even deserve that yet," Young said.


Young is among the many current players in the NFL that idolized Taylor growing up. Being born and raised in Upper Marlboro, Md., just a stone's throw away from FedExField, Young was an avid fan of No. 21 as a kid.

"Sean Taylor was an unbelievable player, somebody that everybody looked up to," Young said.

Don't get it twisted, Young has high expectations for himself, too.

But even if he does become the generational talent that many hope and expect him to be, Young doesn't want to take away from No. 21's greatness in Washington.

"He has his own spot," Young said.