Young had a spectacular 2016 rookie season, where he played in all 16 games, and started in 11. Due to injuries to other members of the secondary, Young saw multiple games as the Ravens number one or two corner. During those games he racked up 53 Tackles, eight Passes defended, and 2 two Interceptions.
Those in-game snaps were huge for Young, and he was poised to really take a step forward in his second year. Unfortunately, Young tore his ACL during OTAs while trying to intercept a ball, causing him to miss the entire 2017 campaign.
From the time Young last played a regular season snap, the Ravens added two more quality cornerbacks to the mix, behind Jimmy Smith. 1st Rd Pick Marlon Humphrey and veteran CB Brandon Carr both sit atop Young on the cornerback depth chart. Nonetheless there have been multiple reports saying that Young is almost back at 100% again, and that’s exactly what the Ravens need.
Despite losing the opportunity to solidify himself as a top corner for the Ravens in 2018, if healthy, Young will still be counted on in plenty of nickel package situations. Seeing a nickel or dime package that consists of a combination of Jimmy Smith, Marlon Humphrey, Brandon Carr, and Tavon Young is something that Ravens DC Don Martindale is surely salivating at, as he knows he has 4 corners he can trust.
As long as Young gets back healthy and back to his 2016 form when the regular season roles around, he’ll have an important role for the secondary in 2018.