Chase Young has shown plenty of signs all year that he’s capable of taking over a game, but it finally happened Sunday when the rookie No. 2 overall pick recorded six tackles, one sack, two quarterback hits, one tackle for a loss, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery that he ran back for a touchdown in Washington’s 23-15 win over the San Francisco 49ers.
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The performance was enough to catch the eye of ESPN analyst Kendrick Perkins, who spent 14 years in the NBA. While Perkins didn’t play in the NFL, the 6-foot-10, 270-pound center knows a big performance out of a “big fella” when he sees one.
“He went crazy again,” Perkins said Monday on ESPN. “Listen, Defensive Rookie of the Year? It gotta be given right here.”
Perkins gushed over Young’s abilities to drop back into coverage and apply pressure behind the line. It was that versatility that convinced Washington to invest in him with their prized first-round pick and he’s already showing them that faith wasn’t misguided.
Young finished Week 14 leading all rookies in sacks (5.5) and tackles for loss (8) while moving into a tie for first in forced fumbles (3) and quarterback hits (8). He’s certainly in the running for the DROY and will look to ride his momentum into next week’s matchup against the Seattle Seahawks.