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Young: Panthers have 'chip on our shoulder' in 2024

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Carolina Panthers quarterback Bryce Young wants to use his disappointing rookie season as motivation heading into the 2024 campaign.

"We all have a chip on our shoulder," Young said Wednesday.

Young, the 2023 No. 1 overall pick, finished Year 1 with only 11 touchdowns against 10 interceptions and a 59.8% completion rate across 16 games.

With Young under center in 2023, the Panthers had the NFL's least productive offensive unit and missed the playoffs for a sixth straight year.

"We haven't really spent much time talking about last year," Young said. "We want to embody it and learn from it and grow from it, but for us - again - you've got new faces, new guys, new coaching staff. Really for us, it's not trying to see if we can be better than last year. It's about been the best version of who we are this year."

Carolina hired first-year head coach Dave Canales this offseason in hopes that the former offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach will have the same success with Young as he had with Russell Wilson, Geno Smith, and Baker Mayfield.

"I'm super excited, super proud of how well, as an offense, we've adapted. It's been great working with the new staff," Young added.

The Panthers also bolstered Young's supporting cast by trading for wide receiver Diontae Johnson and drafting first-round wideout Xavier Legette and second-round running back Jonathon Brooks, among other moves.

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