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'It's contagious': Settle says Young's energy causes a frenzy

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When the Washington Football Team selected Chase Young second overall in the 2020 NFL Draft, the franchise knew it'd be getting a tremendous football player.

However, something that perhaps the Football Team didn't know until they saw the pass rusher in action this fall, was just the incredible energy Young brings every single day.

Young's fellow defensive lineman, Tim Settle, joined the BMitch and Finlay show on Thursday and explained how the rookie's energy was "contagious" throughout the locker room.

"It's like, I'd say, a frenzy. It's contagious," Settle said. "When somebody brings that energy and you feed off it, it's a frenzy. He brings that energy. Everybody loves Chase's energy." 

Young's energy also directly impacted Washington's defensive performance on the field, too. Jack Del Rio's unit emerged as one of the league's best defenses in 2020, finishing in the top five of almost every major statistical category. 

Young, of course, played a major part in that. The 21-year-old finished the 2020 season in incredible fashion, earning not only Defensive Rookie of the Month for December but Defensive Player of the Month, too.

In addition to that "contagious" energy Young brought, the rookie also quickly became one of the team's leaders.

Starting in Week 11, Young led Washington's pregame hype huddles. Five weeks later, the pass rusher was voted as one of the team's captains -- an honor rookies rarely receive, especially a non-quarterback.

"Him coming in and playing the role he played as a leader, you know, I feel like the role as a leader I'm talking about is him stepping up. Him just being a leader by example, he showed that," Settle said.


"When you got somebody going out there, leading by example and making plays, game-changing plays, you're going to follow behind him. No matter how old you are, how many years you've been in the league."

Even longtime veterans, such as franchise sack leader Ryan Kerrigan, fed off the energy Young brought to the team, showing just how big of an impact the former Ohio State star had in Washington's locker room.

With Young's incredible energy on the field came a little trash talk, something he wasn't afraid to partake in multiple times during the 2020 season.

Moving forward, Settle said Young isn't going to shy away from the trash talk, because he is always going to back it up. In Washington, Young has plenty of teammates that will have his back, too.

"He's going to talk his trash to you and he's going to back it up. And we're gonna back him up. That's just how it is," Settle said. "Everybody loves his energy."