Lance Taylor named wide receivers coach

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CHARLOTTE – Lance Taylor is the Panthers' new wide receivers coach.

For Taylor, the running backs coach at Stanford University for the past three years, this is his second stint with Ron Rivera and the Panthers, having previously served as the assistant for wide receivers coach Ricky Proehl in 2013.

Proehl was the wide receivers coach from 2012-16 before resigning a couple weeks ago.

Prior to Taylor's lone season in Carolina, he spent three seasons with the New York Jets from 2010-12. He was as a coaching intern in 2010, offensive quality control coach in 2011 and assistant tight ends/quality control coach in 2012.

Taylor coached the wide receivers at Appalachian State in 2009, and under his tutelage, the Mountaineers set school records with 284 receptions and 3,621 receiving yards.

Taylor got his start in coaching as a graduate assistant at his alma mater, the University of Alabama. He was a walk-on receiver who later earned a scholarship and became a captain as a senior in 2003, which was Panthers offensive coordinator Mike Shula's first year as Alabama head coach.

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