4 Commanders players with stud or dud potential in 2023

(Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports) Chase Young
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Chase Young – Commanders DE

When the Washington Commanders drafted Chase Young at No. 2 overall in the 2020 NFL Draft, they got themselves a prospect with generational talent. Something that was further enhanced by a solid first season en route to winning NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year.

Things haven’t gone according to the script since then. Young endured some terrible luck with injury and has just 1.5 sacks to his name over the last two years, which is simply not good enough for a player with every dominant physical attribute imaginable.

To say this season is an important one for Young would be understating things slightly. The former Ohio State standout could be in a contract year if the Commanders decide not to pick up his fifth-year option, which is entirely possible considering the player’s current career trajectory.

If the Commanders go down this route, then Young should have all the motivation needed to get back to the form of old. Something that could make a huge difference on Washington’s defensive front that’s loaded with first-round talent.

Young is reportedly fit and firing on all cylinders heading into the preparation period. This brings cautious optimism, but it’s not hard to see where the problems could emerge if health becomes a factor once again in 2023.

And with Montez Sweat also looking for an extension next year, Young’s status with the team could be in real doubt in this scenario.