The Carolina Panthers continue to whip through tight ends at the back of their roster at a quick rate.
The team announced Wednesday it signed undrafted rookie Wyatt Houston to replace former LSU tight end DeSean Smith, who was waived with an injury settlement. The move came a little more than two weeks after the Panthers acquired Smith, who was carted off after an OTA practice last week with an apparent lower-body injury.
The Panthers still have six tight ends, a list headed by three-time Pro Bowler Greg Olsen.
Houston, a high school quarterback in Oregon, was signed as undrafted free agent by Kansas City in May but waived a day later. Houston (6-4, 255) finished second in Utah State history among tight ends in career catches (86), receiving yards (933) and touchdowns (nine).
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He joins former Utah State offensive lineman Tyler Larsen on Carolina’s 90-man roster.
Houston worked out for the Panthers on Tuesday at the end of their OTA practice. He participated in Wednesday’s session, which was closed to outside media.