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Carolina Panthers give Bryce Young much needed help with former All-Pro wide receiver

Carolina Panthers quarterback Bryce Young rolls out of the pocket
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Bryce Young will have a big play wide receiver to target in the fall for his sophomore season in the National Football League with the Carolina Panthers.

The former Alabama quarterback struggled as a rookie in 2023, but he did not have consistent help. Young has a new head coach, and the Panthers look to put weapons and offensive linemen around him to ensure success.

The 2021 Heisman Trophy winner now has Diontae Johnson as a weapon. Johnson comes over the Carolina after five years (2019-23) with the Pittsburgh Steelers.

The native Floridian was a third-round pick of the 2019 NFL Draft from Toledo.

Johnson made two-time first-team All-Mid American Conference (MAC) in 2017 and 2018 and made his first Pro Bowl for the Steelers in 2021.

He posted career-highs for receptions (107), receiving yards (1,161), and touchdowns (eight) in 2021. The 5-foot-10, 183-pounder made second-team All-Pro in 2019 with 59 catches for 680 yards and five touchdowns. He also had 20 kickoff returns, including one for a touchdown.

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Johnson produced 4,363 receiving yards and 25 touchdowns in five seasons in Pittsburgh, including a 1,000-yard campaign in 2021. 

Carolina has someone to pair with Young to generate success in its offense.

The No. 1 overall selection from the 2023 draft should have a much better sophomore season in the fall.

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Stephen M. Smith is the senior writer for Touchdown Alabama Magazine.  You can “like” him on Facebook or “follow” him on Twitter, via @CoachingMSmith.

Stephen Smith is a 2015 graduate of the University of Alabama. He is a senior writer and reporter for Touchdown Alabama Magazine. He has covered Alabama football for 10+ years and his knowledge and coverage of the Crimson Tide's program have made him among the most respected journalist in his field. Smith has been featured on ESPN and several other marquee outlets as an analyst.

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