Panthers Reunite Bryce Young With Beloved College Teammate in Proposed Trade

Bryce Young and Jameson Williams connected for 79 receptions and 1,572 yards during the latter's lone year at Alabama
Bryce Young and Jameson Williams connected for 79 receptions and 1,572 yards during the latter's lone year at Alabama / Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports

The Panthers have done a tremendous job this offseason reshaping the offense around 2023 first-overall pick Bryce Young, though one proposed trade could give Young the final offensive weapon he needs to help lead Carolina to the postseason.

Kristopher Knox of Bleacher Report wrote about hypothetical trades and believes the Panthers should target current Lions WR Jameson Williams, who played at Alabama with Young.

Williams was limited to just 18 games over the last two years due to suspension and injury, though he was a first-round pick and highly coveted for good reason. He reached tremendous highs with Young in college - perhaps the two can resurrect each other's professional careers?

Proposed Panthers Trade Reunites Bryce Young With Jameson Williams

It may be difficult to convince the Lions to give up on Williams, especially considering the team let Josh Reynolds walk this offseason, but it's at least worth finding out for Panthers' GM Dan Morgan.

Knox writes, "Young won the Heisman in 2021, which was also Jameson Williams' lone season at Alabama. He caught 79 passes for 1,572 yards and 15 touchdowns that year and went on to be drafted by the Detroit Lions in the first round."

Williams' burning speed would be a nice complement to Carolina's existing wide receiver room. Adam Thielen had over 1,000 yards last season and Diontae Johnson should be a nice addition, though both wideouts win with precise route-running instead of pure speed. First-round WR Xavier Legette has that speed element but could take time to adjust to the NFL.

There isn't much production behind the top three on the depth chart, so there's room for Williams to come in and make an impact on this emerging offense.

"If Williams doesn't show the desired progress on the field, however, Detroit might listen to offers at the trade deadline," Knox continues. "It would behoove the Panthers to at least make a pitch and try reuniting him and Young in Carolina."

It's hard to disagree. The Panthers need to be aggressive in putting the best possible offense around Young and Williams would help them accomplish that goal.

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