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09/13/13Author: Tim Twentyman -- detroitlions.com

Young starts strong

Young starts strong

We all know Willie Young the preseason player. The player, that every preseason, is flying around and making plays.

We're only one game into the 2013 season, but Young showed a great deal of promise in last week's win over Minnesota, recording three tackles, a tackle for loss and a quarterback hit.

"I think Willie had a really good game," defensive coordinator Gunther Cunningham said. "I was proud of him. He used his quickness. He's pretty strong. He doesn't weigh as much as some of our other ends, but he has unreal quickness. He'll jump inside on you in a hurry.

"Guys that do that, they have no fear. I don't know if he was half-crazy or has no fear, I can't tell the difference. But he made a couple really big plays."

That's a good sign Week 1, but the question is whether he can keep it up.

"It's being consistent and making plays from within the confines of the defense and things like that," head coach Jim Schwartz said. "He played very well against a really good player last week. (T Matt) Kalil is a Pro Bowl left tackle and he did some really good things. Him and Ziggy (Ansah) both.

"We're going to need all those guys up front to be able to get pressure on Carson Palmer. That's going to be a really important part of this game and how the outcome is determined."

The good news for Young is that he's going up Cardinals left tackle Levi Brown this week. Brown is coming off a terrible performance against the Rams that saw him give up three sacks to right defensive end Robert Quinn.

Can Young keep it going?

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