Baltimore Ravens rookie cornerback Tavon Young had the best game of his young NFL career lined up against Antonio Brown, one of the league’s best wide receivers.
It was a matchup that most rookie corners would fear. Antonio Brown has given some of the NFL’s best cornerbacks nightmares. Rookie Tavon Young took it as a challenge.
The 5-foot-9, 177-pound cornerback from Temple – my alma matter – was making his third start of the season with Shareece Wright on the shelf once again. He was up for the challenge as he and the rest of the Baltimore Ravens defense held the Pittsburgh Steelers to next to nothing for the first three quarters.
Ben Roethlisberger was making his first start since undergoing knee surgery three weeks ago. Up until the Steelers got their first touchdown with 8:38 to go in the fourth, the Ravens D limited Pittsburgh to just two first downs and 69 yards.
Young and the rest of the secondary held Brown without a catch until late in the second quarter. The knock on Young entering the draft was that he was too small to cover most NFL receivers. Brown is listed at 5-foot-10 and 180 pounds which helped Young contain him on the outside.
It was not until the fourth that Brown broke loose for his final stat line of seven catches for 85 yards and a touchdown. By then, it was too little too late. After the game, Young was presented with a game ball by John Harbaugh.
The Ravens have found a steal in the fourth round of this year’s draft. Young is off to a terrific start to his NFL career with two interceptions and shutting down a top wide receiver in the game. The defense looks to be the strength of this team, and Young is a major contributor to their success this season.