1. Tavon Young
The Ravens secondary obviously was a spot of great concern coming into the 2016 season. They did their best to address in free agency and the draft. The Ravens added veteran Jerraud Powers in an attempt to sure up the nickel cornerback position. They also drafted Tavon Young in the 4th round, presumably for the same position with a hope that he could get more involved in the future. However, his small size is a big concern.
While Powers had a pretty poor outing in the first preseason game, Young impressed. Young stepped up and showed his value. Despite his size, he has big time potential. He plays with obvious passion and intensity. Young only had two tackles, but he was also showing his worth on special teams. The rookie from Temple was the first Raven to get a chance to return a kickoff. His two best highlights on special teams were returning a kick for 22 yards and a great tackle against a Panthers punt returner, that showed off his speed.
Unfortunately, Young went to the locker room with a knee injury in the fourth quarter. There has been no word about the severity of his injury, but John Harbaugh said after the game that there were no serious injuries. This gives us hope that it wasn’t anything that will cause Young to miss significant time.
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