After clinching a fourth consecutive win in Week 14, Washington Football Team rookie defensive end Chase Young insisted that the team would continue to work hard as he noted that they haven't yet achieved their goal.
On Sunday, Washington handed a 23-15 loss to the San Francisco 49ers on the road and jumped to No. 1 place of the NFC East with a 6-7 record. Washington started the year with a 1-5 record and their season appeared to be lost but since then they have turned things around and started playing much better.
"We're not done yet," Young, who scored a touchdown off a fumble recovery, said, per ESPN. "I like to think, 'What would Kobe [Bryant] do?' He wouldn't be smiling. He'd put his head down and keep working until he achieved what he wanted to achieve.
... That's the vibe of the team right now. We're not satisfied." This coming Sunday, Washington will host the Seattle Seahawks, who have a 9-4 record. "It feels good because we're seeing flashes of what we talked about early in the season," Young said.
"The only thing [we have to do is] keep going. We can't let up."
Young not the only rookie that impressed in Week 14
Last week, the Philadelphia Eagles made the decision to bench former No. 2 pick Carson Wentz for rookie quarterback Jalen Hurts.
The Eagles, who entered Week 14 on a four-game losing streak, hoped Hurts would bring different energy and help the team get some wins. In his first start in the NFL, Hurts delivered a good performance as the Eagles stunned the New Orleans Saints 24-21.
"He played awesome, man. The tape [speaks] for itself," Eagles running back Miles Sanders said of Hurts. "He's so confident. He's a natural leader. We just needed that, and he gave us that spark starting from last week [against the Green Bay Packers]."
Eagles coach Doug Pederson was satisfied with the way Hurts performed against the Saints. "Sometimes you look for an opportunity to jump-start things and kind of reset a little bit," Pederson said. "Jalen got the start this afternoon, and I thought overall there were some good things and really kind of gave us a spark as a team that I was looking for and, I think, we were looking for as a team. But this win is not about one guy. This win is about this team and how resilient this team is."