Entering Week 16, the campaign for Chase Young to be named the Defensive Rookie of the Year already had plenty of momentum behind it. The No. 2 overall pick had compiled 5.5 sacks, three forced fumbles and a touchdown in his first 14 games of his career.
After his performance against the Panthers, his chances of winning the award are only going to increase.
In the first half, Young broke through the offensive line and hit the arm of quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, forcing the ball up into the air and into the arms of safety Kamren Curl for an interception.
Young wasn't done there, though. In the second half, the defensive end once again hit Bridgewater, this time forcing a fumble and recovering it himself. It was a big play for Washington's defense that was entirely his making.
This all comes on the day that Young was named a captain of the team. There really is nothing he can do wrong at this point.
With his rookie season coming to an end, it's become clear that Young is everything Washington could have asked for and more. Each play, his presence helps the defensive front, and the pass rusher has never failed to make an impact play in the big moments.
In Young, Washington has a star that will anchor the defense for years to come. Following his latest showing against Carolina, the team might have the Defensive Rookie of the Year as well.