Young has mixed emotions over trade from Rams to Broncos
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) – Kenny Young tries to clear his mind even while his head is swimming.
The fourth-year linebacker is taking a crash course in Denver defense while juggling the emotions of the trade that sent him from the Rams (6-1) to the Broncos (3-4).
Young insisted he was not caught off guard by Monday’s trade.
“No, I’ve been traded before,” said Young, who the Rams acquired from Baltimore in October 2019 as part of the deal that sent Marcus Peters to the Ravens.
Even so, he recognized some disappointment.
“I mean, we were a runaway team and I played a really good game and it was just confusing for me for a second,” Young said Wednesday in his introduction. appearance on the podium at the Broncos headquarters.
“But I think you just had to manage the ceiling space and finances and there’s really nothing they could have done about it or I could have done about it. a strange situation. “
Rams coach Sean McVay called it a “very difficult decision” to part ways with their second-best tackle, but said the trade was driven by a team’s need for financial flexibility facing the salary cap.
“Yeah, it had nothing to do with my abilities on the pitch or anything like that,” Young said. “I was playing well. It was about finances. I don’t agree with that, but I have to respect it because they had no other choice.
The Rams saved $ 1.33 million in salary and gave rookie Ernest Jones some playing time while the Broncos acquired a playmaker to help them fill a position hard hit by injury.
Both inside linebacker starters – Alexander Johnson and Josey Jewell – are out for the season with ripped pectoral muscles and several saves are hit.
“You’re always excited because you have a welcome new home, but as a human – the human side, right? “I have mixed feelings,” Young admitted. “But you know, I feel like there’s light at the end of this tunnel. I don’t know how it looks, but I will do my part and let God do the other half and somehow it will work out. “
A 2018 UCLA fourth-round pick, Young was a key defensive playmaker for the Rams, having started all career-high seven games. He placed second on the team with 46 tackles, including one of the team’s best six for losses in his decisive fourth season in the NFL.
His tackle tally this season is five short of his career high set last year. His best game came last month against Tampa Bay in which he made 10 tackles, including eight solo, three loss tackles, a Tom Brady sack, a forced fumble and an extra quarterback hit.
He had another stellar outing on Sunday with seven tackles, including one for a loss, one sack and another quarterback touchdown in the Rams’ 28-19 win over the Lions.
Broncos try to break out of a four-game losing streak that has led the quarterback Bridgewater Teddy Bear Wednesday to say, “You know, now is not the time to panic, but it almost is.
Young is determined to help make a difference in Denver.
He called the Broncos “a great organization known for playing phenomenal defense (with) phenomenal linebackers.” These guys just won a Super Bowl not too long ago. So, there are a lot of good things going on here. I am delighted to be a part of it. It’s a place where I can adapt it too, and that’s good enough.
The Broncos hope the youngster and outside linebacker Stephen weatherly, acquired this weekend from Minnesota, will be set up in time to play against Washington (2-5) this weekend.
Young played for Brandon Staley, a defensive disciple of Vic Fangio, when he was the Rams ‘defensive coordinator in 2020. His experience with Staley, now the Chargers’ head coach, should accelerate his learning curve.
When asked if that would help him get started or at least get some important shots on Sunday, Young said, “I really don’t know, man. Honestly, the last 72 hours have been a whirlwind. just learning as much as I can, trying to catch up on things. They’re similar patterns, just different verbiage. “
“I think I’m fine,” Young concluded. “I’ve played enough ball. I’m pretty comfortable with my preparation and process to get started. But like I said, I’m only focusing on today. “
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