Panthers newly signed veteran WR Adam Thielen is excited to mentor rookie QB in Carolina: “There’s going to be learning curve, that’s the NFL”

The Carolina Panthers’ new addition wide receiver Adam Thielen expressed his excitement at the prospect of mentoring the rookie quarterback on the squad.

Thielen spent the first 10 years of his football career with the Minnesota Vikings before getting enrolled in the Panthers’ roster on a three-year, $25 million deal. The veteran WR caught 534 passes for 6,682 yards and 55 touchdowns throughout his nine seasons with the Vikings.

What did Adam Thielen say about the acquisition of a rookie quarterback in the team?

The Panthers WR Adam Thielen opened up to the reporters on Wednesday about the team’s offense and acknowledged how the franchise would look with a rookie quarterback leading the charge.

“I think between the organization, the leadership from the top down, I think that’s what been put in place to help someone be successful, whoever that is. There’s going to be a learning curve, that’s the NFL. It’s a lot different. But we’re excited as leadership to help whoever it is,” he stated.

The 32-year-old veteran later went on to say the position doesn’t matter for rookies from the senior player’s perspective as they would try to stretch their hand to the newbies through good times or bad times.

“It doesn’t matter what position comes in here, as rookies like anywhere, you try to be a leader. You try to mentor them no matter who they are or what they are, or if they’re playing or not playing. You try to mentor them and help them, through good times and bad times. Again, you try to focus on yourself individually and as a team”, he added.

Many pundits speculated the Panthers will be eyeing a quarterback for the future with options in hand like- Alabama’s Bryce Young, Ohio State’s CJ Stroud, Florida’s Anthony Richardson, or Kentucky’s Will Levis.

After trading up to the first overall selection in the 2023 NFL Draft and now following Adam’s comment the acquisition of one of these rookie signal-callers in their squad seems pretty much confirmed.

As the Panthers prepare for the upcoming season, Thielen‘s mentorship of the rookie quarterback will probably be a crucial component of the team’s success. With his guidance and expertise, the Panthers’ rookies will be well-equipped to navigate the challenges of the NFL and make a significant impact on the field.

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Fans will be watching closely to see how the relationship between Adam and the rookies develops and how it impacts the team’s performance on the field.


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Maliha works as a content writer in Sportszion specializing in NFL and NBA. She has completed her graduation and post-graduation, majoring in MIS (Management Information Systems). She loves analyzing sports and keeping fans updated with the latest sport buzzes.


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