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Tolbert named WRs coach

Posted Jan 21, 2010

Tyke Tolbert offers instruction to Terrell Owens during a Buffalo Bills training camp practice last summer. (PHOTO: ASSOCIATED PRESS)

CHARLOTTE -- The Panthers filled one of the two vacancies on their coaching staff Thursday, hiring Tyke Tolbert was wide receivers coach.

Tolbert replaces Richard Williamson, who coached the Panthers' wide receivers for all but one of their first 15 seasons, was offensive coordinator for the other (2001) and was the last remaining link to the original Panthers coaching staff.

Until this month, Tolbert had been as the Buffalo Bills' wide receivers coach for six seasons under three different head coaches (Mike Mularkey, Dick Jauron and Perry Fewell).

"Tyke's experience both as a player and coach provide him with a sound knowledge of the wide receiver position," head coach John Fox said. "He is a highly regarded coach and we think he will make a strong contribution to our offense."

Lee Evans was the Bills' most prolific pass-catcher under Tolbert's watch, notching a pair of 1,000-yard seasons in 2006 (1,017 yards) and 2008 (1,292 yards). Eric Moulds also had more than 1,000 yards (1,043) in Tolbert's first season with the Bills.

Tolbert came to the Bills after one year with the Arizona Cardinals (2003) and eight seasons in the college ranks, including stints with Ohio University (spring 1995), Louisiana-Monroe (1995-97), Auburn (1998), Louisiana-Lafayette (1999-2001) and Florida (2002). During Tolbert's single season in Arizona, he coached Anquan Boldin, who caught an NFL rookie record 101 passes for 1,377 yards and was the only rookie that year to make the Pro Bowl.

Tolbert played wide receiver at LSU from 1988-90 and earned bachelor's and master's degrees from the school.