5 major observations from Frank Reich’s first Carolina Panthers presser

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Carolina Panthers QB vision and adapting

Frank Reich is no stranger to the quarterback carousel. Andrew Luck’s bombshell retirement sent the Indianapolis Colts on a whirlwind that consisted of suspect free-agent signings and even worse trades, which is also something the Carolina Panthers are familiar with since releasing Cam Newton in 2020.

While Reich was keen to keep the cards close to his chest and preach the collective thought process, the former Carolina quarterback outlined his vision of what he wants in the team’s future franchise signal-caller – something they’ve been starved of for almost four years.

"“You’ve got to have stability at quarterback. We’ve learned to adapt, but that’s not an ideal situation.”"

When discussing the quarterback position, Reich said he would ideally like someone that is mobile and can also work from the pocket. Couple this with general manager Scott Fitterer’s comments about potentially moving up for a signal-caller during the draft, and all signs point to either Bryce Young or C.J. Stroud.

Only time will tell, obviously. And there is also the prospect of acquiring a veteran via trade or free agency if the right opportunity comes along.

Reich didn’t divulge what he thought of Carolina’s current options under center, which spoke volumes. What’s important for the coach and other influential figures is finding the correct player that can lead them back to prominence.

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