Bryce Young faced a stiff test for his Carolina Panthers home debut Monday night against a stout New Orleans Saints defense under prime-time lights.
For most of the night, it was a struggle for the rookie quarterback.
The draft’s No. 1 pick faced constant pressure as New Orleans ground out a 20-17 win to secure a 2-0 start. The Panthers found moderate success on their first possession with a 31-yard drive that stalled out after a false start penalty and concluded with a field goal. It was mostly downhill from there until Carolina found the end zone for the first time on its final possession of the game.
Young finished the game completing 22 of 33 passes for 153 yards (4.2 yards per attempt) with a late touchdown and no interceptions. He was sacked four times, including a critical strip sack deep in Saints territory that led to a turnover.
The Panthers finished the night with 239 yards of offense against 341 for the Saints. They also lost defensive captain Shaq Thompson to what head coach Frank Reich called a “significant” injury. He’s reportedly expected to miss the rest of the season with a fractured fibula.
Bryce Young faced frequent pressure from a four-man Saints front. (AP Photo/Rusty Jones)
Saints keep pressure on without blitzing
New Orleans routinely applied pressure with a four-man front, forcing Young into mistakes against a backloaded Saints secondary. When the Panthers found themselves in good field position, they failed to capitalize, mustering three points on two possessions that started in Saints territory.
Young found himself behind the sticks early and often with Carolina’s second and third possessions ending in three-and-outs after finding itself in first-and-20 and third-and-13 situations. Carolina’s second possession ended when Young forced a throw to Adam Thielen in tight coverage that was nearly intercepted by Alontae Taylor.
The Panthers kept things close thanks to a defense that likewise gave Saints quarterback Derek Carr fits. They had a chance…
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Publish date : 2023-09-19 02:23:52
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