1. DE Chase Young
After being selected with the No. 2 overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, Chase Young was seen as a generational prospect with the potential to be one of the best defensive players in the league. In his rookie year, he seemed prime to live up to the hype and lofty expectations set for him, earning Pro Bowl honors and winning the 2020 AP Defensive Rookie of the Year Award. Since then, Young’s career has been derailed by injuries and he’s struggled to stay on the field over the last couple of seasons, playing just 12 games in 2021-22 combined.
Young suffered a Grade 3 ACL Tear in 2021, but now seems to be rejuvenated and regained his form from his special rookie season. Through six games, Young has recorded three sacks and seven quarterback hits. His unique blend of size, strength, and athleticism makes him a nightmare for opposing offensive lines and he could be in store for a big day against the Giants makeshift offensive line.
The Commanders declined Young’s fifth-year option before the season, making this the final year of his rookie contract, and he’s come out with a chip on his shoulder in hopes of proving the franchise wrong with the goal of earning a lucrative contract extension (whether it be with them or another team). The G-Men will have their hands full with Young on Sunday, but they need to be sure to make blocking him a priority. He can change the outcome of a game on his own.