C.J. Stroud Sep 10, 2023; Baltimore, Maryland, USA; Houston Texans quarterback C.J. Stroud (7) leaves the field after the game against the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

No. 1 overall pick Bryce Young has not led the Carolina Panthers to a single win so far this season, but fellow first-round pick C.J. Stroud doesn’t necessarily believe Young is to blame for that.

During a press conference this week, C.J. Stroud made it clear that he doesn’t think Bryce Young has played poorly this season from what he’s seen on film.

“Honestly and personally, watching the film and watching every game of his, I don’t think in any way, aspect, or form, he’s playing bad,” Stroud said according to Pro Football Talk. “That’s what people think if you’re not winning or you have a turnover here or there. Bryce is playing some really good football. I just don’t think people watch in depth — like if you’re a quarterback, you know. I think he’s playing really well.

“Of course, there’s always things you can clean up. I can clean up a lot of things. I’m not here to be his coach — I’m here just to support. We texted a couple of weeks ago, just checking in on each other and it was nothing about football. That’s not our relationship, but personally, I think he’s playing well and I think he’ll continue to be great in this game because he has that swagger and mentality and that type of playing style.”

Stroud and Young will meet in the NFL for the first time this week when the Texans take on the Panthers.

[Pro Football Talk]