April 23, 2024

Adam Thielen on Bryce Young: I think everything was stacked against him last year

It’s no secret that Panthers quarterback Bryce Young had a tough rookie year after Carolina traded as much as choose him at No. 1 general.

On Wednesday, considered one of Young’s teammates famous simply how a lot Young needed to overcome in 2023.

“Yeah, well, I’ll say this: I mean, I think everything was stacked against him last year, unfortunately,” Thielen mentioned in a Wednesday interview on NFL Network’s Good Morning Football. “And I’m not gonna get into detail as to why that was, but I’m just really excited for him to have a fresh start, an ability to have a good coaching staff that’s gonna put a good plan together to help him be successful, and also to put people around him to help him be successful.”

The Panthers misplaced every of their first six video games earlier than lastly defeating Houston in Week 8. The membership didn’t win once more till Week 15, defeating Atlanta on a wet day in Charlotte. Frank Reich was fired after the staff’s Nov. 26 loss to Tennessee. Carolina reached 20 factors only one time after its Week 7 bye — in a Dec. 24 33-30 loss to the Packers.

The staff didn’t rating one other level through the season, with shutout losses to the Jaguars and Bucs to finish the year.

Thielen added he felt Young displayed “his maturity over the year.”

“I think his ability at times to just be very honest in front of the room and say, ‘Hey, this is what I’m not doing very well and this is what I need to get better at and please hold me accountable,’ I thought was really impressive for a young guy,” Thielen mentioned.

“His maturity level over the season was really cool to see. And his ability to handle adversity. I don’t know how much adversity Bryce has had over his football career, and to handle the amount of adversity he did, to show up every week, week in, week out, put his head down and work, try to lead to the best of his ability was really impressive, and what makes me excited about Year 2 with him.”

Young ended his first season having accomplished 60 p.c of his passes for two,877 yards with 11 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. Thielen was clearly his favourite goal, as he caught 103 passes for 1,014 yards with 4 touchdowns.