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Tavon Young Dealing with Neck Injury

Could Sideline Young for Season

August 15, 2019 - 11:51 pm
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By Austin Medina  

Since joining the Ravens in 2016, slot-cornerback Tavon Young has shown signs of stardom.

The Ravens drafted Young in the fourth-round of the 2016 NFL Draft and his production has been spectacular.

In 31 games played, Young has three interceptions, 13 pass deflections, and two sacks. His strong man coverage and playmaking ability (two fumbles returned for touchdowns) provided the Ravens a new dynamic.

His production led to the Ravens extending him to a three-year, $25.8 million contract, becoming the highest paid nickel-corner in football.

The only issue with Young has been his durability concerns. In 2017, Young tore his ACL in OTAs and missed the entire season. In his return, Young proved to be back to form with a strong 2018 performance.

Nevertheless, durability concerns have turned up once again as Young is dealing with a neck injury, according to head coach John Harbaugh.

The team, according to the report, has recommended surgery and Young may miss the entire 2019 season.

Replacing Young would be extremely difficult for the Ravens, as there are not many corners as skilled at the nickel position than Young.

The Ravens have strong cornerback depth with Marlon Humphrey, Brandon Carr, and Jimmy Smith but deciding if any of the three can perform at nickel is still to be determined. Corner back Cyrus Jones, who was drafted 44 spots ahead of Young by the Patriots in 2016, may fill in as the replacement at nickel. Young is in his second stint with the Ravens and is a Baltimore native, playing high school ball at Gilman.

Time will tell if Young will in fact miss the entire season but if so, the Ravens will have to rely on multiple corners to fill the potential void.

Stay tuned with 105.7 The Fan for updates regarding Young and the Ravens.