The Carolina Panthers selected Bryce Young No. 1 overall in the 2023 NFL Draft, but the Panthers are not all in on letting him start right away at the moment.
According to the Panthers’ general manager Scott Fritterer, there is no set timeline for when Young should be on the field.
“We’re going to rely on our coaches — Jim Caldwell, Frank Reich, Thomas Brown — to decide when it’s right,” Fitterer said. “We don’t have a timeline. We’re not saying, ‘Hey, this guy’s gonna start the first game or we’re not going to play him at all this year.’ When the time is right or we felt like he’s got enough of a mastery of the offense where he can go out and operate this and be successful, that’s when he’ll be out there.”
Veteran quarterback, Andy Dalton signed with The Panthers in March. They also return Matt Corral, who they drafted in the third round of the 2022 NFL Draft. The Panthers plan to play the quarterback they feel is most ready to play.
“We went out and signed Andy Dalton for a reason,” Fitterer added. “He played as a rookie. He’s got a lot of experience. He understands his role and he can play good football. If Andy’s the guy to start the season, and he’s the starter right now heading into the season, then he’ll be the guy. When Bryce is ready or Matt Corral is ready whoever it may be, that’ll be the time they go in. We say it’s open competition, but Frank did say, ‘Hey, Andy’s he’s our guy right now. He’ll walk into the season as the starter and then as you know, the young guys compete underneath him, then they’ll go in when they’re ready.”
The last time Young was not a starting quarterback was doing his freshman season at Alabama.