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Young was drafted as a cornerback and is now a reserve free safety, so moving to strong safety on Sunday required him to contribute on run support more than he is accustomed.

“You’ve got to be able to have that linebacker’s mentality,” Young said. “You’ve got to be able to close some gaps and it happens fast.”

After Young tackled DeAngelo Williams for a loss late in the fourth quarter _ a crowd-pleasing play which took Carolina out of range for a winning field goal try _ Young said he briefly thought to himself that he could get used to playing strong safety.

“But when I went home that night I started feeling my neck getting a little tight, the shoulders were hurting and I said, ‘Man, being in (on run support) takes it out of you,’” Young said.