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Can Chase Young & Montez Sweat Become The Best Pass Rush Duo

With youth on their side, their talent and performances so far in their young career, you can understand why so many people are so high on the defensive end tandem of Chase Young and Montez Sweat.

Could they be the league’s best duo? They’ve been laying the foundation so far in training camp.

On Monday, the Washington Football Team returned to Ashburn, Virginia to resume training camp and the one-two punch of Chase Young and Montez Sweat was extremely noticeable. Simply put, they were causing the offensive line problems, wreaking havoc and talking trash while doing it. It got to the point where head coach Ron Rivera had to tell Sweat to ease up.

Newly signed cornerback William Jackson III is excited about playing with such an active defensive front. “They are beasting man,” said Jackson. “These guys got a motor out of this world, and they talk a little bit, so I love that. I’m exaggerating, they talk a lot. Having guys off that front gives you that energy. It's all about energy when you're playing in this league and they definitely give it to you. So, I'm definitely excited about that.”

“It's been great just to play behind those guys. All of those guys are first-round talent, so they get out to the quarterback. It's making my job easier for a change.”

Last season, Young registered 7.5 sacks, four pass deflections, 10 tackles for loss, four forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries, and one touchdown in 15 games. Sweat had nine sacks, six pass deflections, 12 tackles for loss, two forced fumbles, one interceptions and one touchdown. Because of the talent of the Football team’s defensive line, with players such as Jonathan Allen, Daron Payne, Matt Ioannidis, and Tim Settle, Young and Sweat will have plenty of opportunities to make plays and build on their 2020 output. Young could easily double his sack totals and with the attention on Young, Sweat could make opponents pay.

On paper, Washington has the best defensive end duo in the league. It's up to Young and Sweat to back that up.

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