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Rivera not surprised by Chase Young's leadership with Haskins

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Following Washington's loss to the Seahawks on Sunday, there was undoubtedly some frustration from the losing side after a rally fell short in a 20-15 loss.

So as quarterback Dwayne Haskins walked slowly off the field into the locker room, Chase Young was there to pick him up. It was an incredible display of the leadership the rookie has exemplified in just his first NFL season, but no surprise to head coach Ron Rivera.

“I’ve said this about Chase, there’s an energy to who he is and it’s positive," Rivera said to NBC Sports Washington's JP Finlay. "And that’s what I think he likes to carry with himself is the positive energy.”

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Young's uplifting attitude on the sidelines and in the locker room has been noted by his teammates. Fellow players have explained that he's always the one to motivate others, with Alex Smith saying that his leadership is "crazy unusual" for someone with such little professional experience.

The defensive end's impact has been exceptional for Washington, but it's clear that goes beyond just stats. In Young, Washington has found a true star and natural-born leader. That helps the organization on the field and off it, too.