It’s hard to imagine a better rookie season than the one Chase Young had for the Washington Football Team in 2020, but he thinks he could have been better.
That’s right, the 2020 Defensive Rookie of the Year wasn't completely healthy coming into last season, and he’s expecting bigger things this coming season.
"I feel like my biggest thing this season is coming in just 100% healthy, not worry about everything," Young said. "If you're 100% healthy it just helps with your mental and it just helps you play faster, just having that confidence you can do whatever you want on the field."
WynnBET currently has Young with the sixth-best odds to win the Defensive Player of the Year award in 2021 at +1500. After going to a Pro Bowl as a rookie, the sky’s the limit for Young in Year 2.
"They know I've been working. My teammates, they know I've been working," Young said. "But during the OTAs, that was a big part of my training, that I would see improvement.
"I let the coaches know. They understood. I sent (trainer Chad Engelhart) videos all the time of stuff I was doing. And I've been in the building, in Phase I and Phase II, in and out. So I've been here and shown face, and, you know, they know I'm locked in. Everybody knows I'm locked in."
As a rookie, Young appeared in 15 games (all starts) and recorded 7.5 sacks, 44 tackles, 10 tackles for a loss and four forced fumbles.
He helped Washington make the playoffs and win the NFC East in 2020, and if you think that he can improve on his first season, he’s a fantastic bet for DPOY. Washington isn’t expected to have the same success this season, as it is second on the odds list to win the division at +225.