Bryce Young’s passes are already batted down in OTAs, and oh god it’s starting

Bryce Younger is a small man. That assertion can be true even when Bryce Younger was an accountant or engineer or lawyer, nevertheless it’s very true in his chosen line of labor, which is NFL quarterback. The No. 1 general decide within the 2023 NFL Draft is listed at 5’10, 204 kilos on the Carolina Panthers’ official roster, and that’s placing it generously. If Younger succeeds, he would be the smallest QB within the trendy period to take action.

The Panthers are getting their first have a look at the highest decide in OTA practices this week. It’s principally been positives up to now: veteran QB Andy Dalton has raved about Younger’s understanding of the sport, and head coach Frank Reich known as his command a “10 out of 10” on his first day. There’s a purpose why Bryce Younger was the primary decide within the NFL Draft: he’s actually good! However there’s additionally a purpose some individuals have been skeptical of his professional translation, and that’s as a result of he’s nonetheless actually, actually tiny.

Younger’s dimension issues bubbled up throughout Thursday’s follow when he threw a go that was batted down. Watch the video right here:

It’s price mentioning that the defensive lineman who batted down that go, Shy Tuttle, is 6’3 with an enormous attain. Then once more, there are a variety of tall defensive linemen who Younger must be throwing over or round all through his NFL profession.

It was simply final yr that then-Panthers starter Baker Mayfield had bother with getting his passes batted down on the line of scrimmage. Mayfield is loads greater than Younger, however Younger definitely appears extra gifted in his capacity to create performs from inside or outdoors of the pocket.

This can be a problem for Younger all through his profession. The Panthers are betting on the truth that he’ll determine a strategy to thrive anyway.