The Carolina Panthers’ first overall pick in the 2023 NFL Draft, quarterback Bryce Young, reached a significant milestone during Thursday’s OTAs by leading the team’s first-string offense.
This marked the first time Young began the day as the starting quarterback with the first-team offense, a decision that coach Frank Reich called: “The next step” in Young’s development.
Throughout the OTAs, Young had been receiving ample repetitions, including some with the first team. However, it was on Thursday that he took the field as the primary signal-caller for the Panthers’ offense.
Bryce Young to Derek Wright. Good catch. pic.twitter.com/oCE4ZmEbu2
— Panthers On Tap (@PanthersOnTap) May 25, 2023
While Young’s role as the starting quarterback during the upcoming mandatory minicamp remains uncertain, his performance during OTAs suggests that he is trending towards earning the starting position for Week 1 of the regular season.
If he continues to impress with his skills and adaptability, it is increasingly likely that the Panthers will entrust him with the role of QB1 over veteran Andy Dalton.
As the Panthers conclude their offseason program with a minicamp scheduled for next week, all eyes will be on Young to see how he performs in a more intense and competitive environment.
The subsequent training camp will serve as another crucial evaluation period to assess where the young quarterback stands in his development and whether he is ready to take the reins as the Panthers’ starting quarterback for the upcoming season.
With his skill set, potential, and the support of a talented roster, Bryce Young has the opportunity to make a significant impact on the Panthers and potentially reshape the franchise’s future.