Montez Sweat growing into a leadership role for Commanders

Ivan Lambert
Commanders Wire

Montez Sweat wants to be a winner… on the field and at home.

The 2019 first-round pick out of Mississippi State met with the press Thursday after practice.

"I’m in a great space," Sweat said. "I just wanna win. I want to help everyone around me be great and just keep on moving forward."

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When asked about becoming a father, "It has changed me a lot actually. I mean, it gives you a new perspective on life. You’re actually living for someone and you want to be a role model for him in just everything you do. It’s a blessing."

Washington Commanders defensive end Montez Sweat (90), goes after the blocking sled during the team's NFL football practice in Ashburn, Va., Wednesday, June 1, 2022. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Sweat is learning what most of us felt the first time we became a parent, "When it first comes around, it’s overwhelming. Maybe not so much for me but other people, the family, the village. It’s great though. It’s a blessing."

Entering his fourth season in the NFL, Sweat understandably was not satisfied with the 2021 season when the defense did not live up to expectations.

"Not good enough. I just wanna keep on improving and just being a better me. I want to get better every day. I feel like I’m getting better every day, noticing new tools, noticing new things that the offense wants to attack, and stuff like that. Everybody should look to get better each and every day."

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Sweat sincerely believes Washington has some other pass rushers who will contribute this season.

"We got some great tools. I like Efe [Obada]; he’s a longer guy. I mean, he has some great pass rush tools. It’s a lot of guys across the line. Shaka [Toney] BK [Bradley-King] stepped up his game a lot. It’s a lot of guys, we got a lot of guys that want to get better every day. We are moving in that (direction)."

On the other side of the defensive line, Sweat is looking forward to Chase Young’s return. He is not panicking, believing Young remains a positive influence during his recovery.

"Chase is a pretty strong-minded guy. Strong mentally guy. I mean, he actually gives me probably more advice than I give him. He’s good. He’s with us every day. He’s at every meeting, every walkthrough. He’s a leader for us. That’s his role for us. And he’s gonna keep on doing that."

Sounds like both defensive ends (Sweat and Young) are maturing, and that can mean better things for Washington in the 2022 season.