Ron Rivera: Chase Young had “an awakening” with disappointing second season

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As a rookie in 2020, Washington defensive end Chase Young looked like a generational talent. But his 2021 season was one to forget: Young was not playing particularly well early in the season, and then his season was cut short with a torn ACL.

Now Commanders head coach Ron Rivera thinks Young learned a lot from his disappointing season about what it takes to sustain success in the NFL.

“For Chase, it was a little bit of an awakening,” Rivera said, via the Washington Times, “a bit of a realization.”

Last year Young skipped the voluntary offseason workout program, but this year Rivera says Young will be there, even though he still has a lot of knee rehab ahead of him.

“In my conversations with him, he says he’s going to be here,” Rivera said of Young. “That’s something I’m pretty excited to see.”

Young had his ACL surgically repaired in late November. It is unclear whether he will be ready for Week One.

5 responses to “Ron Rivera: Chase Young had “an awakening” with disappointing second season

  1. If you skip off-season work to work out on your own and your performance is as good if not better, no one cares.

    If you skip off-season work and play like trash and get injured……

  2. didn’t know that Young had skipped my beloved team’s voluntary workouts. Damn, Chase, get with the program and be all in!

  3. There were a few plays last year on film where he showed minimal effort if he wasn’t directly involved, as if he was upset with the play call. It is a big year for him.

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