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'We kind of stick together': Young and Sweat are beginning to click

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Chase Young enjoys working with everyone on Washington's defensive line. He likes joking around with Matt Ioannidis, getting after it with Jonathan Allen and posing questions to Ryan Kerrigan about Kerrigan's early days.

Young and Montez Sweat, though, are particularly vibing, the No. 2 pick explained during his appearance on the Washington Football Talk podcast.

"Me and Sweat, we kind of stick together a lot," Young told JP Finlay on Monday. "We're definitely gluing."

It's fitting Young revealed that Monday, because that just so happened to be a practice where both guys really showed how much chaos they could each create for Ron Rivera and Jack Del Rio's defense.

After missing a handful of sessions due to a hip flexor issue, Young made his return to 11-on-11 work to start off the week, and while that return was brief, it was still noticeable. On back-to-back snaps, he Hassan Whiteside-d a Kyle Allen pass at the goal line and then dismantled the offensive line's right side to halt an Antonio Gibson run. 

Young didn't participate in any other full-squad portions, yet he figured out a way to cram two stellar sequences into his limited opportunities. If that's what he's capable of when he's a bit rusty and being held back by the staff, four quarters of him will be wild.

Sweat, meanwhile, put together another impressive morning in Ashburn, with his highlight being a terrific read on a trick play to Terry McLaurin. Sweat wasn't fooled at all by the offense's misdirection as he met McLaurin deep in the backfield and then forced a fumble once he was there. The second-year pro is normally pretty reserved, but after that turnover, he was howling and deservedly so.

 

The defensive line as a whole has, as expected, been the most dominant unit at camp. Ioannidis, Allen, Kerrigan, Daron Payne and Tim Settle have all ruined their fair share of calls that Scott Turner probably felt great about.

When Young and/or Sweat shine, however, it resonates a little more. That pair could be one that dons the same uniform and dumps the same quarterbacks together for years.

"We just want to make sure both of us are ready," Young said.

This August seems to indicate they certainly are.