In a corresponding move, Carolina elevated quarterback Jake Luton from the practice squad to the active roster.
On Wednesday, head coach Frank Reich said that the team’s offensive gameplan would not be drastically altered with Dalton behind center.
“Our core stuff is always going to be our core stuff,” Reich said. “Whether it is Bryce or Andy, I’m not sure there would be much difference between the two in the game plan…. If Andy plays he gives us a very good chance to win,” Reich said.
Dalton is an experienced NFL quarterback who played at a fairly high level for the Saints last season.
In 14 starts for New Orleans in 2022, Dalton completed 66.7% of his passes for 2,871 yards. He threw 18 touchdowns and 9 interceptions with a 95.2 quarterback rating.
Dalton for his part seems prepared for the moment.
“I’ve played everywhere I’ve been,” Dalton said.
Dalton has started in 162 of his 168 NFL games and has a record of 83-77-22 in his starts. He was the Cincinnati Bengals’ starting quarterback for nine seasons.
The Panthers are looking to right the ship as the team’s offense has sputtered out of the gate scoring 10 and 17 points in their first two games.
“I don’t think there’s one thing that has caused it,” Dalton said about the team’s offensive struggles. “The execution just hasn’t been there.”
Dalton made it clear that the Panthers are still Young’s team.
“My goal is to win,” Dalton said. “This is Bryce’s thing, I’m not here to make this a competition, I’m here to help the team.”
Carolina needs other players to step up as they find themselves falling behind in the NFC South with every team being 2-0 and the Panthers being 0-2. Carolina’s two losses were against the NFC South which means the team would have to win all four of its remaining divisional games to finish with a winning record in the division.
The Panthers will take the field again at 4:05 p.m. on Sunday to face the Seahawks (1-1). The Panthers defeated the Seahawks 30-24 last season.