Carolina Panthers assistant receivers coach Lance Taylor is leaving to become Stanford’s running backs coach, according to a pair of league sources.
Taylor, 32, spent one year in Charlotte on the staff of offensive coordinator Mike Shula, who was Alabama’s coach when Taylor played for the Crimson Tide and was Alabama’s special teams captain in 2003.
Taylor also drew interest from Boise State for its wide receiver coaching vacancy last month. He was a graduate assistant at Alabama from 2007 to 2008 and coached receivers at Appalachian State in 2009 before going to the New York Jets.
Attempts to reach Taylor on Monday were unsuccessful.
The Panthers combined the positions of offensive quality control coach and assistant receivers coach last year after Ricky Proehl was promoted to receivers coach.
Panthers coach Ron Rivera fired three assistants last offseason – receivers coach Fred Graves, running backs coach John Settle and linebackers coach Warren Belin. But Rivera, the Associated Press' Coach of the Year, predicted little movement among his staff members after the Panthers' 12-4 finish in 2013.
Rivera is not expected to begin looking for Taylor's replacement until after the NFL scouting combine this month.
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