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Panthers hire Graves away from Titans to coach receivers

The Carolina Panthers made a coaching staff addition at the Tennessee Titans' expense Monday, naming Fred Graves their new wide receivers coach.

Graves spent four seasons in the same role with the Titans, helping develop Justin Gage, Nate Washington and Kenny Britt into playmakers.

The Panthers also announced that Pete Hoener joined the team as tight ends coach. Hoener spent the last six seasons with the San Francisco 49ers and has been credited with developing Vernon Davis into one of the NFL's most productive tight ends.

"We are very pleased to have Fred and Pete join our staff," Panthers coach Ron Rivera said in a statement released by the team. "They bring an extensive coaching background and have developed a number of young receivers in the NFL. They are both highly regarded and will make a strong contribution to our offense."

Earlier in the day, the Panthers announced that Eric Washington would be their defensive line coach. The 41-year-old joins the Panthers after serving in the same role for the Chicago Bears this past season.

With Graves leaving after four seasons in Tennessee, five Titans coaches have either been fired or departed since the end of the season, including head coach Jeff Fisher, defensive coordinator Chuck Cecil, defensive line coach Jim Washburn and running backs coach Craig Johnson.

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Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert (10) rushes during an NFL football game between the between the Kansas City Chiefs and the Los Angeles Chargers, Sunday, Sept. 20, 2020, in Inglewood, Calif. (AP Photo/Peter Joneleit)

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