Panthers name three assistants to Rivera's staff

Panthers name three assistants to Rivera's staff

Published Jan. 31, 2011 9:37 p.m. ET

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- The Carolina Panthers have added three more assistant coaches to new head coach Ron Rivera's staff.

The Panthers announced Monday they had hired Fred Graves to coach wide receivers, Pete Hoener to coach tight ends and Eric Washington to coach the defensive line.

Graves, who has spent the last four seasons with Tennessee, is Steve Smith's former wide receivers coach at Utah and should go a long way toward keeping the team's star receiver in Carolina.

Hoener spent six years in San Francisco where he helped tight end Vernon Davis develop into a star.

Washington spent two seasons as the Chicago Bears assistant defensive line coach before being promoted to the team's defensive line coach last season.

Updated January 31, 2011