Here's yet another small anecdote that speaks to Chase Young's leadership

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Another small anecdote that speaks to Chase Young's leadership originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington

Anyone who crossed paths with Chase Young during his rookie campaign inevitably noticed his intensity and energy — qualities that coach Ron Rivera labeled "infectious" on multiple occasions in 2020 — but Tuesday's minicamp was the first time that Washington's new players took the field with the spectacular pass rusher, seeing as he wasn't at OTAs.

And as explained to reporters, at least one of those players was initially taken aback by Young's unique vigor.

During his post-practice press conference, Young was asked about how his relationship with 2021 first-round draft pick Jamin Davis has progressed in their short time together. After noting that he's trying to give Davis "little pieces to think about" during the summer sessions, Young shared a brief but excellent story.

"I know he was laughing at me today, because I was telling people to run off the field," Young said. "He was like, 'Yeah, you're real serious.' And I'm like, 'Yeah, it's going to matter. It might matter one day. You've got to run off the field.'"

Jaded folks will scoff at that tale. They could easily point to Young's absences at OTAs, for one, or make a sarcastic remark about how some extra hustle in June will definitely, certainly, absolutely boost the Burgundy and Gold toward a deep postseason run. Go ahead, jaded folks. Be jaded.

Those who watch and hear Young on a regular basis, on the other hand, know that the guy telling his teammates to pick it up on their way to the sidelines is the same guy who...

  • Did push-ups in his debut training camp after poor reps (an idea he came up with on his own)

  • Personally chose to spoke to the media after his devastating roughing the passer penalty in Detroit when he very easily could've ducked any and all questions about the gaffe

  • Bought everyone on the roster Beats headphones for Christmas in 2020. Not just the D-line or the defense, but everyone

  • Caused Alex Smith to deem his maturity "crazy unusual"

  • Called Ryan Fitzpatrick after Fitzpatrick signed with the club, a gesture that truly caught the veteran QB off guard

In other words, Young's exchange with Davis wasn't just something he did so he could then turn around and tell the world about it on Zoom. It's simply just another glimpse into the absurdly rare, always-locked-in, All-Pro caliber approach that he possesses — and never really shuts down. 

Perhaps the best part of the whole thing is that he's so nonchalant about his extremely non-nonchalant mentality.

"I'm going to try and lead by example, that is No. 1," Young said. "You've just got to work and guys have to know that you're going to work. If I tell a guy to run off the field and I walk off the field, then what do I look like? My No. 1 thing is to just go in there, blue collar and working. If anybody gets left behind then we're going to pick that up and keep rolling."

So, sure, in an ideal world, Young would've attended the previous portions of OTAs, which would've prevented what was essentially an unnecessary storyline from gaining much traction. But almost immediately upon his return, he displayed the kind of leadership that should quell any and all concerns about his place in the organization.

"I love ball," he said. "This is what I do."