Sweat was a 'force to be reckoned with' in Young's absence


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It's a practice that Washington Football Team fans are all too used to by now: Finding the positives that popped in an otherwise unsuccessful outing for their favorite franchise.

The Burgundy and Gold's Week 3 loss to the Browns is just another instance where that'll be necessary. Fortunately, one player made that task really easy with what he did in Cleveland.

Montez Sweat was a fixture in the opposing backfield on Sunday. That was true when Chase Young was healthy, and it remained true after Young exited with a groin injury.

In Washington Football All Access, Ron Rivera noticed much like anyone else who spent even just a few minutes taking in the action at FirstEnergy Stadium.

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"Montez showed that he is going to be a force to be reckoned with," Rivera told reporters on Zoom. "You can imagine what it would be like if we would have had a healthy Chase."

There is going to be a whole mountain of interest in Young's status, and it's understandable if another mountain is placed on top of the first one. No. 99 has proven to be an immediate difference-maker on the edge, and if he has to miss any additional time due to the groin issue, it'll be a very harmful absence.

Sweat, meanwhile, was very harmful to the Browns offense on Sunday.

The second-year pass rusher took Mayfield down for that above sack and was about two inches away from another. Instead, the quarterback just got the ball away before his knee hit the ground, but the ensuing intentional grounding call was essentially the same as a takedown.


Sweat registered another tackle for loss when he halted a rush attempt entirely on his own, and overall, he was as disruptive as he's been as a pro. 

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"He has been showing that all training camp and all season," Kendall Fuller said postgame. "That is what we expect we from him."

The 24-year-old has now notched a pair of sacks through three weeks. As a rookie, he had only 1.5 through eight weeks of Washington's schedule. He labeled his first go-round in the league as a letdown and is performing like a guy who wants to establish that he's capable of being a force.

With or without Young, he must keep that up. Lamar Jackson and Jared Goff await Washington, and they're quite good at their jobs. It'll be Sweat's job to harass them throughout each meeting.