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Washington grabbed Ohio State DE Chase Young with the 2nd pick of the 2020 NFL Draft. Young was near-unanimously considered the top defensive player in this draft and the top available talent overall by many evaluators. He led the class with 1.38 sacks and 1.75 tackles for loss per game in 2019. His 16.5-sack 2019 followed a 10.5-sack 2018 for the Buckeyes. New Washington DC Jack Del Rio has said the team will play a 4-3 base, which will make Young a DE and help his fantasy value. Expect Young to sit atop our rookie rankings for dynasty leagues and within draft range when our 2020 projections come out.

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Commanders HC Ron Rivera told reporters Friday that DE Chase Young will "probably miss a little bit of time" at the beginning of the regular season, according to the Washington Times. Rivera reportedly talked about the PUP list initially before backtracking on that. It's clear that Young will at least miss Week 1, and we'd bet that the PUP remains a possibility. That would sideline the DE for at least the 1st 4 games. Young is still working back from a November ACL tear that included patellar damage.

Commanders DE Chase Young remains on the PUP list, and HC Ron Rivera doesn't make it sound like he expects the player back soon. “He’s been working hard,” Rivera said Tuesday, according to Ben Standig of The Athletic. “His rehab’s been going well from what we’ve seen and what we understand. But you never really know until you get to get your hands back on him. But Chase Young is probably the one that’s going to take the most time. It was serious, obviously, and any time you’re talking about an ACL, it’s just down the line. We’ll have to wait and see on that one.” In addition to tearing his right ACL, Young also damaged the patella in that knee. Young is expected to take longer to return than teammate TE Logan Thomas, who suffered his ACL tear in December. "Different type of injury," Rivera said, in comparing the 2. Young will make for a high-risk IDP selection at least until he's back on the field. At this point, he's far from a lock to be ready for the regular-season opener. We have moved him further down our 2022 IDP rankings.

5:20pm EDT 7/27/22

Commanders DE Chase Young opened training camp on the physically unable to perform list. Young is still working back from the ACL tear that ended his 2021 season. He told reporters Tuesday, however, that "everything is going as planned," according to the team website. We'd bet on Young being ready for the regular season.

Washington HC Ron Rivera confirmed to reporters Monday that DE Chase Young tore his right ACL in Sunday's win over the Buccaneers. That will end Young's season. We'll see how it affects his prep for the 2022 season. With DE Montez Sweat also out for at least another 2 games with his broken jaw, James Smith-Williams and Casey Toohill look like the top 2 DEs for Washington.

Washington DE Chase Young left Sunday's game against the Buccaneers with a knee injury and was quickly ruled out. He left the field on a cart, so it doesn't look good for him beyond this week. We'll watch or an official diagnosis.

Update: Multiple reports say Washington fears a torn right ACL.

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