Bryce Young had a rough rookie season. No getting around that. But I do see one area where he was sneaky good, coming in above expectations.

Young is mobile, and he has a nice feel for when to take off and run. He averaged 6.5 yards per carry last year. That’s a good number.

Among quarterbacks in the 32-team era, only six have averaged more yards per carry that Young while carrying the ball at least 30 times in their first season. So there’s that.

Not that the Panthers want Young running too often; he’s tiny, and with a slender build. They don’t want him getting knocked out of action by exposing himself to an unnecessary hit.

Whether the Panthers can get Young back on track depends largely on what Dave Canales (their new coach) can cook up in the passing game. Canales did a good job with another undersized quarterback in the NFC South last year, Baker Mayfield.

But Young should help his cause with some well-timed scrambles in crucial situations. I’m not giving up on him just yet. I would guess that in a 12-team draft today, with everyone picking two at the position, Young might sneak onto a roster as a second quarterback.

Below see the list of all quarterbacks since the move to 32 teams who’ve carried the ball at least 30 times and averaged more than 4 yards per carry. (As I was putting this together, I saw Michael Vick from the 2001 season; his production was so off the charts, I tossed him into the list as well.)

2001Michael Vick, Atl.312899.31
2014Blake Bortles, Jac.564197.50
2017Deshaun Watson, Hou.362697.52
2015Marcus Mariota, Ten.342527.42
2018Josh Allen, Buff.896317.18
2012Robert Griffin, Was.1208156.87
2006Vince Young, Ten.835526.77
2023Bryce Young, Car.392536.50
2019Daniel Jones, NYG452796.22
2017Mitchell Trubisky, Chi.412486.02
2019Kyler Murray, Ari.935445.84
2021Justin Fields, Chi.724205.82
2020Jalen Hurts, Phil.633545.63
2011Cam Newton, Car.1267065.614
2017DeShone Kizer, Cle.774195.45
2009Josh Freeman, T.B.301615.40
2010Tim Tebow, Den.432275.36
2012Russell Wilson, Sea.944895.24
2019Gardner Minshew, Jac.673445.10
2013Geno Smith, NYJ723665.16
2016Dak Prescott, Dall.572824.96
2002David Carr, Hou.592824.83
2018Lamar Jackson, Balt.1476954.75
2021Trevor Lawrence, Jac.733344.62
2014Teddy Bridgewater, Min.472094.41
2021Trey Lance, S.F.381684.41
2022Kenny Pickett, Pitt.552374.33
2012Ryan Tannehill, Mia.492114.32
2023C.J. Stroud, Hou.391674.33
2020Justin Herbert, LAC552344.35
2012Andrew Luck, Ind.622554.15
2011Andy Dalton, Cin.371524.11

—Ian Allan