Meet Bryce Young’s Weapons in Charlotte
With Bryce Young taking his first reps as a Panther, many Alabama fans are left wondering, "Who is Bryce going to throw to in Carolina?" Here's your answer; Meet the 2023-24 Carolina Panthers' offense.
The Panthers featured a solid offensive line that only got better as the season progressed, spearheading an elite rushing attack during the second half of the season.
With Carolina returning all five starters from last season (plus improved depth), Young should have plenty of time in the pocket next season.
Panthers projected starting offensive line:
LT: Ikem Ekownu
LG: Brady Christensen
C: Bradley Bozeman
RG: Austin Corbett*/Chandler Zavala
LT: Taylor Moton
*Austin Corbett is not expected to start week one due to an ACL tear
Part of a dominant rushing duo in Philadelphia, Sanders rushed for 1269 yards and 11 touchdowns en route to a Super Bowl appearance last season.
Sanders can also get it done in the passing game, averaging 235.5 receiving yards a season, providing Young with a security blanket out of the backfield.
A steady running game should help ease Young into the league as he adjusts to being an NFL quarterback.
After an impressive season in Cincinnati, Hurst inked a three-year, $21 million deal with the Panthers in March.
While Hurst is no Travis Kelce, he should fill the Cam Latu-esque role, being a dependable, big-body target for Bryce Young on third downs and in the red zone.
Terrace Marshall Jr.:
As part of the vaunted 2019 LSU offense, Marshall Jr. has yet to reach the heights of his former teammates, Ja'marr Chase or Justin Jefferson, but still possesses the talent to be one of the league's best.
Standing at 6-foot-3 and clocking in with a 4.38 40 time, the Matt Rhule regime neglected Marshall Jr.'s talent. After Rhule was fired in week six of the 2023 season, Marshall Jr. showed flashes under interim Steve Wilks, showcasing his potential and talent.
Under a brand new staff, Marshall Jr. should finally be appropriately utilized, potentially being Young's favorite target for years to come.
A career-long Viking, Theilen is long past his glory days, not reaching the 1000-yard mark since 2018.
However, Theilen is still one thing; Dependable. Theilen's drop percentage has only gone above 2.1 once since 2018, giving Young a weapon who'll catch anything that comes his way.
The Panthers' second pick in the 2023 NFL Draft out, Mingo is another ultra-athletic wideout for Young to throw to.
Mingo racked up 1758 receiving yards on 112 receptions during his time in Oxford.
Mingo may need some time to adjust to the NFL due to his lack of production at Ole Miss, but similar to Marshall Jr., he has the athleticism to be great in this league.
While Young won't have the best supporting cast right away, it is much better than many of his other potential landing spots, helping him succeed on day one in the National Football League.