Chase Young named to PFF’s Defensive Player of the Week after game vs. Panthers

Zachary Neel
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Chase Young is being honored once again after his stellar performance in Week 16 against the Carolina Panthers, where he finished the day with 4 tackles, 1 sack, 1 forced fumble, 1 fumble recover, and 1 batted pass that led to an interception. Because of this, Pro Football Focus has named him to their Week 16 NFL Team of the Week, and also given him the honor of Defensive Player of the Week, and Rookie of the Week.

Young was red-hot entering Week 16, having racked up four straight games with a PFF grade above 73.0. Not only did that hot streak continue against the Carolina Panthers on Sunday, but he just so happened to put on the best performance of his young career to date, as the No. 2 overall pick of the 2020 NFL Draft recorded an elite PFF grade above 90.0 for the very first time this season.

He was a force against the run, but the biggest reason for the career day had to do with his impact against the pass. Young earned a 92.0 pass-rush grade for the game, over 10 grading points higher than his previous single-game best.

Panthers left tackle Trent Scott had no answer for Young’s blend of quickness and power. The rookie edge rusher came away with five pressures, mostly against Scott; one of those five was a strip-sack fumble that Young recovered, and another was a QB hit that resulted in an interception.

While Young may have had a rather slow start to the season when it came to racking up stats, he has been on an absolute tear over the past few weeks, and is getting the recognition he deserves. Now that he has been named a team captain in Washington as well, it’s clear that his is going to be a star for this team for years to come.