If there is a such thing as a sure thing, it would be that Carolina Panthers rookie quarterback Bryce Young is a master of preparation. Taking his first snaps as a Panther on Friday afternoon, the No. 1 overall pick “did every little thing right,” according to his new head coach Frank Reich. “The little throws out in the flat, the bubble screen stuff, the deep overthrow, throws in the flat, just threw it with accuracy. Saw it well, knew where guys were supposed to be. Just showed complete command.”
Several media members showed up early, hoping to get some footage of the Heisman Trophy winner but to no avail. Why, you may ask? It’s because Young had arrived far earlier than anyone anticipated; an entire hour before practice was scheduled to start. “This is a huge day for me,” Young said as he spoke with media after practice. “This is my first day of practice, which was a lot of fun. I wanted to set the tone. I was just here trying to get stuff down, like we all were. We talked about it a lot as a team, being prepared. … I just want to do everything I can to have a good first day and hopefully keep stacking them.” That approach is not lost on Reich as he stated that it puts the team in the right mindset by virtue of that leadership.
Panthers media showed up early hoping to catch Bryce Young walking into his first day of practice as a Carolina Panther – we were too late; he was already there. pic.twitter.com/OvMFavmQ5a— Sheena Quick (@Sheena_Marie3) May 12, 2023
There’s early chemistry between Young and second-round pick wide receiver Jonathan Mingo and that’s a connection that Reich and staff plan to foster as time goes on. 35 players – the five draft picks, 12 undrafted rookies, and 18 tryout players – will take the field tomorrow for the second day of minicamp.