The Denver Broncos, ailing at the linebacker position, somehow found a way to steal Kenny Young away from the Los Angeles Rams.
The Broncos made a trade for Los Angeles Rams linebacker Kenny Young on Monday acquiring some much-needed help at the position with Alexander Johnson and Josey Jewell both out for the season.
After getting gashed for 182 rushing yards by the banged up Browns offense the Broncos certainly welcome another strong tackler. The Broncos reportedly had to only swap a 2024 6th rounder for a 2024 7th rounder.
So that is certainly a good value provided Young can start and contribute for the rest of the season.
Broncos somehow steal a starting LB from the Rams in trade
The 6’1″ 234-pound Kenny Young on the season has 39 tackles, a sack, a forced fumble, and a recovery. Only Kareem Jackson has more tackles than that amongst Broncos defenders. Young should help Denver put up a better fight against the run than they did Thursday night.
The move provides a little hope that Denver isn’t mailing in the rest of the season with a struggling offense and a defense that couldn’t stop the run after Johnson went down.
A willing and able tackler to pair with Justin Strnad should make the position group more competent. There is hope that Baron Browning will become a starting middle linebacker, but in Young, the Broncos get a guy with starting experience that has been performing well this season.
He leaves the Rams as the team’s second-leading tackler and team leader in tackles for loss.
Denver’s 3-4 record along with their remaining schedule is a tough hill to climb and I recently pointed out that additional changes (cough) starting Drew Lock and perhaps a change at play caller are still warranted to try and turn the season around at this point, but bringing in a starting caliber replacement for Jewell and Johnson is a step in the right direction.
Staying the course with a revolving door of scout team/practice squad players at ILB reeked of a white flag on the remainder of the season.
Hopefully, the defense can get back on track and the changes can be made to move the ball on offense. Denver has to put a more competitive squad on the field than they did against the Browns.