Now that LA Rams have finally given inside linebacker Kenny Young a starting role, will they be able to demote him ever again? In just 38 snaps, he piled up five tackles. And while he allowed a completion on the only pass to target him, it was only good for four yards. In his role in the defense, he seemed to have a pretty good understanding of where he needed to be, and why.
The mystery of how Young never saw a single defensive snap in 2019 may never be solved. But the bigger question for the LA Rams this year is just how good can Kenny Young play? And perhaps even more, how significant can that role become? We’ll have a better idea after this week’s game.
Young’s value rising
From the moment they LA Rams traded away cornerback Marcus Peters, the question has been asked about what the Rams saw in ILB Young as the player involved in the exchange. From that moment, the lack of playing time by Young has been fodder for all the critics who have pointed out how well Peters has played on the Ravens defense. While he succeeds there, he was a liability for the LA Rams. And doubly disappointing has been the Rams benching of Young until the season opener.
Now the Rams are seeing first hand just what Kenny Young can do on the football field. He not only can play big against the run or the pass but he has even taken a handoff of a wide receiver on a crossing route and did it well. That’s very impressive. Not only for his debut starting for the Rams but in the debut of the defensive coordinator Brandon Staley defense. Young is making an impression.