Chase Younger’s return may turbocharge Commanders protection


Following months of anticipation, the Washington Commanders have activated star edge rusher Chase Younger to their 53-man roster forward of Sunday’s sport in opposition to the Falcons.

“We’ll work him with the intent of — if he is able to play he’ll play, and if he isn’t he’ll wait one other week,” Washington head coach Ron Rivera instructed reporters (h/t Yahoo! Sports activities).

Younger, the Defensive Rookie of the 12 months in 2020, suffered a torn proper ACL in a mid-November sport final season in opposition to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Within the 9 video games he performed in 2021, Younger’s statistics underwhelmed — he had 1.5 sacks, 26 tackles and two pressured fumbles.

However Younger’s affect goes far past the numbers. When he’s on the sector, he usually earns a double staff, releasing Washington’s different defensive linemen. Jonathan Allen, Daron Payne and Montez Sweat may thrive as soon as Younger will get going.

In 2020, Younger’s rookie season, Washington allowed the fourth-fewest factors and second-fewest yards within the NFL. 

Washington’s upcoming schedule appears favorable for its protection, which is sixth within the NFL in yards allowed per sport (308). 

After Atlanta, whose offense is 20th within the league in yards gained, Washington has two video games in opposition to the Giants with a bye in between. New York’s offense is 24th in yards gained.  

Washington closes the common season with the Browns, 49ers and Cowboys.

It might take Younger a number of weeks to get again right into a rhythm, however a totally wholesome Washington protection ought to be scary for the remainder of the NFL.

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