Ravens linebacker Kenny Young found a seam and delivered a crushing hit on Jacksonville quarterback Gardner Minshew, who lost his helmet and mouthpiece on impact.
It was the shot heard around the NFL. Baltimore blanked the Jaguars 29-0, extending their winning streak in preseason games to 14, the league's best stretch in 25 years .
“Playing fast man, playing fast," Young said. "It was just a blitz that we called, and the quarterback fumbled the ball, and then he stood back up. Sometimes you pay for decisions like that.
”I don’t think [Minshew] knew. My mindset was to run right through him. That’s it. What made it worse is that he fumbled it and his momentum brought him back. I was coming in, screaming through the A-Gap. It was amazing. The guys all got hyped about it. But most of all, I’m glad we got the shut out. But the sack was great.”
The hit underscores the Ravens philosophy of terrorizing opposing offenses.
Young is locked in a battle with fellow second-year linebacker Chris Board for the starting inside linebacker position next to Patrick Onwuasor.
Leading up to the game, Board had the edge in the competition.
“I think Chris Board is ahead of Kenny Young, but I still think Kenny Young … it’s still a battle,” defensive coordinator Don Martindale said. “We’ll see when we get into the preseason games how well both those two do, but they’re both coming along really well.”
However, the depth chart is fluid and Young made a strong case to earn a starting role. He led the Ravens with six tackles, including one for a loss, against Jacksonville. He was also effective in pass coverage.
"We still have a lot of work to do," Young said. "But our defense is on the way. And in my eyes, this will be the best defense we ever had. We are going to be dominant, we are going to play fast, real fast, and that is what we want. That is what they recruited us for. Honestly, our coaches trust in us and we trust in them.
"And that is why we are able to play fast. We trust the coaches, and they allow us to play fast.”