On Saturday, Bryce Young took the field for the first time in an NFL game.
He didn’t play much, and he completed four of six passes as the Carolina Panthers got shutout by the New York Jets, 27-0.
That simply isn’t enough of a sample to start judging what Young may or may not be in the pros.
But Panthers beat writer Sheena Quick appeared on Pat McAfee’s show and said Young has been doing very well in training camp and that he has appeared to be very comfortable at the controls of his team.
Thus, the feeling is that he is more than capable of leading this offense.
— Pat McAfee (@PatMcAfeeShow) August 14, 2023
Young was the real deal at the University of Alabama, where he threw for 4,872 yards and 47 touchdowns in 2021 while winning the Heisman Trophy.
Last season, he had 3,328 passing yards and 32 passing touchdowns, and he led the Crimson Tide to a blowout win in the Sugar Bowl.
Some have expressed concern about Young’s prospects in the NFL, given that he stands just 5-foot-10 and weighs only 204 pounds.
However, others have praised his pocket presence, ability to escape the pass rush, and visceral feel for the game.
In Carolina, Young will have the type of help the first quarterback taken in the draft usually doesn’t have, as he will be able to throw the ball to two-time Pro Bowler Adam Thielen.
In addition, he will have running back Miles Sanders, who was a Pro Bowler in 2022, to take some pressure off him.
If all goes well for Young as a rookie, perhaps the Panthers will have a shot at making the playoffs this winter.NEXT: Analyst Makes Big Projection For Bryce Young's Career