Dennis Allen speaks on Saints’ addition of Chase Young and his recovery timeline

Head coach Dennis Allen recently spoke about the New Orleans Saints adding Chase Young and when they expect the defensive end to be healthy.
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The biggest acquisition for the New Orleans Saints this offseason was the signing of Chase Young. The Saints signed the young defensive end to a one-year deal, hoping he can solve the pass rushing problem that New Orleans had last season. If things work out well, Chase Young could even be extended and stick around in New Orleans long term.

Unfortunately, the signing also has a dark cloud around it, since it was announced a day after the deal got done that Chase Young would be having a neck procedure for an injury he sustained in last year’s preseason. He still managed to play 16 games last season, but the issue was something he needed to address. Now, his first offseason in New Orleans is being impacted.

Saints head coach Dennis Allen recently spoke with the media about Young’s recovery timeline and just how excited Allen is to have him on the team. In regards to his health, Allen explained that they were comfortable with all the information they had about Young’s neck issue and his timeline, saying it’s just a matter of when he’ll be healthy.

Saints confident Chase Young will make full recovery after neck procedure

As far as the actual signing of Chase Young, Allen told reporters that he didn’t think Young would be available. Once it became clear that the talented defensive end would be free to sign, Allen knew the Saints had to get him. Allen explained that Chase Young is talented and has the ability to consistently win 1-on-1 matchups.

That’s something the Saints really need to add this offseason, after recording just 34 sacks last year— 28th in the NFL. Young, meanwhile, recorded 7.5 sacks last season, playing with both the Washington Commanders and the San Francisco 49ers. Additionally, he’s only turning 25 years old this offseason, and is still finding himself in this league after losing the majority of two seasons to injury. Once he heals up, he could be special for the Saints.