The 2018 fourth-round pick spent his rookie season splitting time with Patrick Onwausor at inside linebacker next to C.J. Mosley, who recently signed a five-year, $85 million contract with the Jets. There's now room for both Onwausor and Young to handle three-down roles, though it will depend on Baltimore's other moves this offseason. Young flashed impressive IDP potential in 2018, with 51 tackles (40 solo), 2.5 sacks, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery across 369 snaps on defense and 178 on special teams.
Young (knee) participated in Thursday's practice.
Young injured his left knee in the team's preseason finale against the Redskins, but he appears to be trending towards a full recovery. The fourth-rounder out of UCLA had a strong preseason and will continue to battle for the starting weak-side linebacker role as the regular season progresses.
Young, who's competing with Patrick Onwuasor for the starting weakside linebacker, will reportedly undergo an MRI later Friday to determine the extent of his injury.
Young is impressing the coaching staff during his battle with Patrick Onwuasor for the starting inside linebacker job alongside C.J. Mosley, Ryan Mink of the team's official website reports.
The fourth-rounder out of UCLA is making a strong first impression in camp and is one of the surprises of Baltimore's rookie class. "That probably speaks to how Kenny is playing that it's even mentioned as a fight right now. It'll be a fun battle to watch unfold," coach John Harbaugh said regarding Young's surprising ascension in pushing a veteran like Onwuasor. Last season, Onwuasor took over the spot vacated by Zach Orr and responded with 90 total tackles. Young still has a ways to go in edging out Onwuasor, but like Harbaugh said, turning that inside linebacker spot into a competition is an accomplishment in and of itself.
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