The Washington Commanders made it 2-0 on Sunday after a hard-fought victory against the Denver Broncos, 35-33. That’s now two straight wins for Washington after their 20-16 Week 1 victory over the Arizona Cardinals.
It’s looking good so far for the Commanders who are hoping for a big year ahead.
Washington Commanders DL Chase Young Marks Return With Huge Sack
Chase Young played in his season debut against the Broncos on Sunday after missing Washington’s Week 1 win due to a stinger. The former Defensive Rookie of the Year made sure to mark his return with a bang by putting in his first full sack in nearly two years:
Chase Young gets his first full sack since October 10, 2021.pic.twitter.com/IGfReiDKEF
— Scott Abraham (@Scott7news) September 17, 2023
Young wasn’t done just yet. Deep in the fourth quarter, he teamed up with Montez Sweat to record another sack against Broncos quarterback Russell Wilson:
SACK Chase Young and Montez Sweat make a Russell Wilson sandwich. Potentially a new Subway sponsorship opportunity? HTTC
Chase Young pic.twitter.com/9p5IfcnWOg
— David Cu (@davidcu97) September 17, 2023
Young finished with 1.5 sacks in this one as he sent a stern reminder to the rest of the NFL that he still remains one of the top pass rushers in the league.
Sep 17, 2023; Denver, Colorado, USA; Denver Broncos quarterback Russell Wilson (3) is sacked by Washington defensive end Montez Sweat (90) and defensive end Chase Y. (99) in the fourth quarter at Empower Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports
After the game, Young sounded off on his first sack of the new season. The 24-year-old expressed his delight as he spoke to reporters after the win:
“I just feel blessed. It’s been a long time coming,” Young said in the locker room, via Scott Abraham of . “It was just a blessing to be running around the field, being out there with the guys. I think that was the most exciting thing.”
This was a massive game for Young, who is coming off a season-ending ACL injury from last term. At this point, the former No. 2 overall pick is clearly looking to make up for lost time.
Chase Young Still Chasing New Contract
Young is also playing with a chip on his shoulder this year after the Commanders opted to decline the final year of his rookie deal. The Pro Bowl defensive lineman was looking to sign a big-money extension this summer, but for one reason or another, he has now entered the final year of his deal.
Young has a lot to prove this season as he heads into free agency next summer. Hopefully, he is able to stay healthy the rest of the way so that we all get to see what this young man is truly capable of.