Commanders News: Sam Howell, Emmanuel Forbes, Chase Young and Kazmeir Allen

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Commanders DE is making a difference

While there is a lot riding on the 2023 campaign for defensive end Chase Young, the former first-round pick is making a significant difference away from the gridiron. The Washington Commanders are expecting big things from the pass-rusher despite not picking up his fifth-year option, which stemmed from a series of injury complications and just 1.5 sacks over the last two seasons.

Young knows that football comes first. However, his recent deal with New Balance, Good Sports, and Klutch Sports has set the foundations in place to become an influential figure across the community.

While the sponsorship deal represents a significant financial benefit for Young, it's the chance to assist youngsters and those less fortunate that makes the deal more appealing. Something that was further reflected by Melissa Harper, CEO of the Good Sports charity, via Sports Illustrated.

"When you get a professional athlete like Chase who comes out and supports the community, [the kids] see a role model. They see someone that they look up to, and when professional athletes are willing to spend the time truly connecting with kids ... it makes a world of difference for those children. "

Melissa Harper via Sports Illustrated

This is a testament to the strong character and selfless attitude Young brings to the table. But for Commanders fans, they want to see a return to the player that took the NFL by storm as a rookie in 2020.