Jul. 28, 2012; Flagstaff, AZ, USA; Arizona Cardinals offensive tackle D.J. Young (67) on the field during training camp practice on the campus of Northern Arizona University. Mandatory Credit: Jennifer Stewart-US PRESSWIRE
During the 32-27 loss the Arizona Cardinals suffered to the Tennessee Titans, offensive tackle D.J. Young struggled quite a bit. He looked overwhelmed as he started at left tackle, as the coaching staff seeks to find a replacement for Levi Brown, who was placed on injured reserve, effectively ending his season.
By the way that fans and media have reacted, you would think that Young would be one of the first cuts.
However, that isn't the case. He is still on the roster and he is still likely in the picture. It might even still be in the starting lineup picture.
Ken Whisenhunt was asked about Young in his day after press conference.
When asked if he was disappointed in the play of D.J. Young at tackle, he expressed concern, but defended his young player. "DJ was put in a tough position and he had his struggles last night, which is not uncommon with a young player. But you have to support him and keep working with him because at times he shows that he has talent."
Young hasn't given up on himself either. Friday night he sent out a few tweets, likely a response to negative feedback from fans.
Taking the negatives and making them into positives— DJ Young (@dj_young67) August 25, 2012
Not letting just a few plays determine what I have been doin all preseason and all of camp determine my future— DJ Young (@dj_young67) August 25, 2012
Truly happy for that humbling experience (shaking the cob webs off) and let's get this show on the road— DJ Young (@dj_young67) August 25, 2012
Do you think he will even make the team? What about starting? Is that a possibility in your eyes? I think the former is a lock. The latter? I don't think it's out of the picture.