NFL Network analyst ranks Young, Gibson among top 25 rookies originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington
Entering the 2020 season, expectations were almost unfairly high for Washington Football Team rookie Chase Young. The pass rusher was considered a generational talent coming out of Ohio State, and was even compared to legends Julius Peppers and Lawrence Taylor.
Midway through his rookie campaign, Young has 3.5 sacks on the season (in just six full games). That's a respectable number, considering he's been triple-teamed at times. But even Young knows he's capable of recording more QB takedowns, something that his mom fully expects, too.
Well, according to NFL Network analyst Daniel Jeremiah, Young is performing extremely well anyway. In Jeremiah's top-25 ranking of rookies midway through the season, the analyst had Young slotted fourth, only behind Justin Herbert, Joe Burrow and Tristan Wirfs.
Herbert has burst onto the scene for the Los Angeles Chargers, already looking like the franchise quarterback the team hoped they would get when they selected him sixth overall. Burrow, the first pick in April's draft, has done the same for the Cincinnati Bengals. Wirfs has been stellar on the offensive line in Tampa blocking for Tom Brady.
"Young has missed some time due to injury but he's been very disruptive when he's on the field," Jeremiah wrote. "He wins with power as a pass rusher and he's been stout as a run defender."
Young wasn't the only Washington rookie to make Jeremiah's list, either. Running back Antonio Gibson, who the Burgundy and Gold drafted 66th overall this past April, came in at No. 20 in the ranking.
Gibson was the third-ranked running back on the list, only behind Kansas City's Clyde Edwards-Helaire and Jacksonville's James Robinson. That's quite the honor for Gibson, being the seventh running back drafted and playing mainly wide receiver in college.
"Gibson has been up and down this year, but the flashes of explosiveness have been impressive," Jeremiah wrote. "He looks like a key building block for the Washington offense."
By releasing future Hall of Famer Adrian Peterson during training camp, Gibson was given the keys to being Washington's lead back.
He's taken full advantage of that, leading the team in rushing touchdowns (five) and rushing yards (391) on a 4.3 yard-per-carry clip. He's also hauled in 22 receptions on the year, the fourth-most on the team.
Outside of Terry McLaurin, no skill player on Washington's offense has been as impactful as Gibson.
Earlier this week, Washington head coach Ron Rivera mentioned the high volume of young players that are getting the opportunity to play for his team this season. Young and Gibson are just two of the many players on the roster Rivera hopes he'll be able to build around for the future.