Being the first overall pick in the NFL draft comes with a heft load of expectations, especially if the player is a quarterback joining a team that just put in a serious effort to revamp the offense.
Bryce Young is in that exact position with the Carolina Panthers.
Eric Mangini, former coach of the New York Jets and Cleveland Browns, recently stated that there may be too much pressure on Young to perform in his rookie season and that it would be wise to tone it down.
“I think he’s in a situation where the expectations are so big, and the best thing that you can do for him is take some of that pressure off,” he stated. “Your job should be constantly resetting expectations—and to some degree, lowering expectations. This is a rookie quarterback who’s gonna go through a ton of struggles and the last thing you want is the whole fanbase and the whole world thinking, ‘Well, he was so great early. Why is he suddenly struggling now?’”
Panthers Wire Anthony Rizzuti agrees, saying, “Young is already facing some extremely high expectations. Not only did the Panthers draft him atop the board, but they traded popular wideout DJ Moore and a handful of premium picks to get to that No. 1 overall spot.”
Making the leap from college football to the professional level is a difficult task, and not every player can seamlessly transition. This is anything but a make-or-break year for Young.
Roll Tide Wire will continue to follow Bryce Young as he prepares for his rookie season in the NFL.