Chase Young's absence could impact Commanders locker room
Many were shocked and disappointed when Chase Young opted to skip voluntary OTAs and focus on preparing for a critical 2023 campaign away from the facility. While this is something the defensive end has done throughout his time with the Washington Commanders, some sections of the fanbase thought it was sending the wrong message after an extremely frustrating two-year spell thanks to injuries and poor performance levels.
Young has been working out with Von Miller in Colorado as he looks to silence some increasing doubters next season. This also happens to be the last of his rookie deal after the Commanders opted not to pick up his fifth-year option.
When discussing how Young's absence from OTAs might impact the locker room, former Pro Bowler Jermon Bushrod stated during a recent appearance on Grant & Danny” show on 106.7 The Fan via USA Today Sports that he wouldn't be surprised if teammates did start questioning the Ohio State product's commitment to the cause.
"I think when guys don’t show up at OTAs in a situation like Chase is in, I would think it would be pretty frustrating for his teammates. I can understand that because this is a guy who has shown flashes of being a decent player, but you get injured, and things happen…and you want to be around the facility. Is this a place you want to be? Are you all in to what this team is doing and trying to be a contributing factor? I can see, from the outside looking in, it could be frustrating to some of his peers. What kind of message are you sending to your teammates and to the front office?"- Jermon Bushrod via USA Today Sports
This debate will be moot if Young puts a consistent run of games together and starts becoming the player many thought he'd be coming out of college. Anything less could see him either traded before the 2023 deadline or moved on with little fanfare once the campaign concludes.