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Bryce Young looks noticeably bigger in Panthers’ OTAs

Carolina Panthers quarterback Bryce Young vs the Miami Dolphins
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Bryce Young’s first taste of the National Football League was a tough transition, but this fall will be different.

The former Alabama quarterback took the weight room seriously in his first offseason for the Carolina Panthers.

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He has bulked up, adding muscle to his upper and lower body to absorb hits better. A much stronger Young took the field Monday for organized team activities (OTAs) for the Panthers. His accuracy has never been an issue, but seeing him focus on becoming physically stronger is a great sign for Carolina. Young was the No. 1 overall selection of the 2023 NFL Draft, but he only won two games as a rookie. He totaled 2,877 passing yards, 11 touchdowns, and 10 interceptions. The 5-foot-10, 204-pounder has impressed his new head coach, Dave Canales, with his accuracy, yet he wants to show the league he is the real deal.

Young became the first quarterback in Alabama football history to win the Heisman Trophy in 2021.

He did it by having 4,872 passing yards and 50 total touchdowns. Young took the collegiate game by storm as a sophomore, winning a host of individual awards and leading the Crimson Tide to a Southeastern Conference Championship.

His decision to get stronger now sets him up to have a better sophomore campaign in the NFL.

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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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