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Panthers add a pair of tight ends


CHARLOTTE — The Panthers addressed a short-term need for tight end depth, signing a pair of veterans Thursday.

The team signed tight ends Ryan Izzo and Nate Becker.

Izzo was a seventh-round pick of the Patriots in 2018, and has also spent time with the Texans, Giants, Seahawks, and Titans. He has 19 career receptions for 313 yards and a touchdown.

Becker spent parts of the last three seasons or offseasons with the Bills, and has appeared in one regular season game.

The Panthers have been running short at the position and were forced to use offensive linemen there to get through Wednesday's practice.

Starter Ian Thomas will miss a week or two with a rib injury, Colin Thompson will miss some time with a calf injury, and rookie Josh Babicz was injured in Wednesday's practice. Stephen Sullivan has missed time recently for a personal matter.

To make room for the new guys on the 90-man roster, the Panthers placed defensive end Jacob Tuioti-Mariner on injured reserve, and rookie cornerback Devin Jones was waived-injured.

View some of the best photos from training camp from photographers Chanelle Smith-Walker and Kenny Richmond.

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