3 Reasons For Concern Surrounding Panthers’ Bryce Young

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The Carolina Panthers made a huge splash earlier this offseason in a trade with the Chicago Bears. They landed the No. 1 pick in the 2023 NFL Draft, trading a huge package of assets, four draft picks and wide receiver D.J. Moore, to have the chance to select their quarterback of the future.

With the first overall pick, the Panthers selected Alabama quarterback, Bryce Young. Despite some posturing and reports of other players potentially moving up the board, Young had been the projected No. 1 pick for a while and was the heavy odds-on favorite to be the first player selected.

Carolina has to be ecstatic as the quarterback position has been a thorn in their side for years. Matt Rhule’s tenure as head coach was marred by the inability to find consistent quarterback play, which ultimately led to his firing last season.

Young will start as the backup to Andy Dalton, who has been listed as the starter heading into offseason practice. There is no timetable for when he will overtake Dalton for the starting job, but it will likely be sooner than later.

If he is going to be the Week 1 starter, there are a few concerns that he will have to overcome and work on. CBS Sports provided three such examples on his scouting report leading up to the draft.

  • At times tries to do too much as an improviser
  • Arm talent and speed are good, not outstanding
  • Unprecedented tiny frame and takes plenty of hits

There isn’t much that Young can do about his size. He isn’t going to grow anymore, so Frank Reich and his staff are going to have to do what they can to compensate for his 5’10”, 194-pound frame. Drawing up quick throws and relying on the running game are two ways they can take pressure off of him.

The other issues can be fixed with some coaching and game planning as well. One of the reasons that Young will be so valuable is his ability to keep a play alive, but the Panthers will have to hammer home that it is okay to throw a ball away and move on to the next one.

His arm talent is rated as good, not outstanding, isn’t a huge knock. We have seen plenty of quarterbacks find success in the NFL without breaking records for the hardest or deepest thrown ball. As long as the Panthers’ game plan plays to Young’s strengths, the team will find success.