Imagine that — a fullback, whose primary job is to open up holes for his running back, enjoys being part of the passing game as well.
That’s what Redskins fullback Darrel Young said Wednesday, three days after tying a career-high with 40 receiving yards in Washington’s 24-22 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Young earned those 40 receiving yards via his first two catches of the season, 24- and 16-yard receptions, respectively, and said that while he knows his role on the team, he loves having the ball in his hands.
“I haven’t caught a pass until the Tampa Bay game, but that’s what’s fun, man,” Young said. ‘That’s what I like to do — catch the ball in the flats and try to make a play.”
Young said his longest reception Sunday was the result of rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III tricking a Buccaneers linebacker into thinking he was going to throw to another receiver.
Instead, Griffin III dumped it off to Young in the flat, who made one defender miss and was brought down 24 yards later.
“It’s just all about things that Robert Griffin did to open that up for me,” Young said. “They respect everything he did for the passing game, [and] if you watch the linebacker, he turned and ran to whatever receiver it’d be, so that’s a credit to him.”
Young being involved in the passing game creates a Pandora’s Box of sorts for opposing defensive coordinators to consider. Already talented at the wide receiver and tight end positions — and with the league’s leading rookie rusher in their backfield — the Redskins’ offense has lots of go-to options.
“It’s the versatility,” Young said. “Anytime you have teams practicing for one thing and then you go into another thing, the sky’s the limit.”
Heading into Sunday’s game against the Atlanta Falcons at FedExField, Young has caught 18 career passes for 189 yards and a touchdown.
Still, Young said he has some strides to make to clean up his run-blocking. Converted to fullback from linebacker during the 2010 offseason, Young pointed out a couple runs by Morris against the Buccaneers in which he was “in the way.”
“You look at that film, I was pretty bad in the running game, to be honest with you,” Young said. “Evaluating myself, I know what I expect out of myself, but, like I said, I didn’t do things to help him get better. [Morris'] best plays came without a fullback, so I’ve just got to get better.”
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