Unsurprisingly, Andy Dalton loses his place in favor of the first draft pick.
After arranging a trade with the Bears to reclaim the No. 1 draft pick, the Panthers selected Bryce Young as their quarterback of the future. A very near future since he is getting closer to a start in the first game of the regular season.
The franchise formalized the promotion of the former University of Alabama player to number one quarterback on Thursday.
“It’s just the next step,” said Frank Reich at a press conference. “We had a few weeks to observe Andy [Dalton]. Andy continued to perform at a very high level. We’re just trying to get our team ready. Every decision has to be what’s best for the team, and that was just the next step. »
For the next three weeks of mandatory camp, Young will train with the first team while Dalton will play with the substitutes.
For his part, the rookie quarterback, who learned the news at the end of last week, indicated that this promotion was not going to change his approach.
“For me, what matters is how you win it. [la place de numéro 1]. I am grateful to have this opportunity. I still think it’s a process. I am grateful to be accepted by the team. It’s an incredible locker room, a very good group of guys. I will continue like this. »
Only the regular season will be able to confirm if the Panthers have finally found the replacement for Cam Newton, whom they have been looking for for several years.