The Carolina Panthers added depth to their position of greatest need one day before the team reports for training camp.
Guard Fernando Velasco and center Kevin Matthews signed with Carolina on Wednesday. The team waived undrafted free agent center Jared Wheeler and linebacker Billy Boyko, who was listed as failing to disclose a physical condition.
Velasco can also play center. He started 11 games at center for the Steelers in 2013 before suffering a season-ending Achilles injury. Velasco was the 26th-ranked center in the NFL in 2013, according to the football analytic site Pro Football Focus.
Amini Silatolu and Trai Turner enter camp as the likely starters at guard. Edmund Kugbila and Garry Williams are coming off injuries and Chris Scott has battled conditioning problems since he joined the Panthers in 2013.
Matthews is the son of Hall of Fame lineman Bruce Matthews. He went undrafted out of Texas A&M in 2010 and was signed by the Titans. He played in 14 games in 2012 but did not see action in 2013 after jumping from Tennessee to Washington’s practice squad and back to the Titans.
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