No. 1 pick Bryce Young addresses hard hits he received in his first NFL game

The Jets had no problems getting to Young on Saturday.

by Dzevad Mesic
No. 1 pick Bryce Young addresses hard hits he received in his first NFL game

Bryce Young didn't want to complain after taking several hard hits in his first NFL game. On Saturday, the Carolina Panthers hosted the New York Jets in their preseason opener. Young, the first overall pick of the 2023 NFL draft, took three sacks and some hard hits in his first NFL game.

The Panthers' offensive line received criticism for their protection of Young but the promising quarterback refused to blame his line for what happened against the Jets. “Yeah, that’s part of the game. Football is a physical sport.

It’s part of the job description. You’re gonna get hit—and, again, that’s the game we play. It’s part of the job and you know that’s coming. That’s not something I think of. Can’t let that affect your decision-making or what you’re going through," Young said, via Panthers Wire.

Young: I feel fine

In his first game, Young completed 4-of-6 of his passes. Young had a total of 21 passing yards, while his longest completion was an eight-yarder. Young, who is one of the smallest NFL quarterbacks with his 5-foot-10 and 204 pounds frame, insisted he was fine after taking a couple of strong hits against the Jets.

“I feel fine. Physically, I’m blessed. I feel fine now. And, again, for me—whatever people may assume or may think is going on or whatever the expectations are, I don’t control that. Those are what they are.

For me, that’s not something I’ve put stock into. It’s not something that’s on my mind," Young said. In the end, the Panthers suffered a 0-27 defeat to the Jets. Next weekend, the Panthers will be taking on the New York Giants on the road in their second preseason game.

After not putting any points against the Jets, there's no doubt that Young and company will try to fix their issues in practice and do better against the Jets.