Here is a list counting down the Top 32 Washington Redskins of 2014 – No. 19
19. Darrel Young – fullback
Age 27, 5-11, 251 pounds
Analysis: With the position of fullback seemingly disappearing around the NFL, the Redskins Darrel Young has found a way to remain relevant. With the Redskins being predominantly a running team over the past few seasons, Young’s presence in the offense as a run blocker in particular has been a tremendous asset for the Redskins.Case in point last season when Young was out with a hamstring injury, the Redskins running game was noticeably less effective than it was when Young was in the lineup. During weeks 12, 13, and 14 running back Alfred Morris had his worst stretch of games during the season without the services of Darrel Young as his lead blocker.
Young is also one of the best options the Redskins have in short yardage situations, as his three touchdown runs against the San Diego Chargers in week 9 can attest to. He’s also a solid receiver out of the backfield near the goal line as well. However, it remains to be seen exactly how big of a role Young will have in Jay Gruden’s offense in the upcoming season.
Gruden has stated that he will continue to use the zone blocking scheme the Redskins have used so effectively in recent seasons. So I’m sure Darrel Young will be involved to a certain extent, but how much is still up for debate.