Carolina Panthers

Carolina Panthers add Charlotte’s Avius Capers, cut Clemson’s Garry Peters

The Panthers added some local flavor to the roster Thursday in former Independence and Johnson C. Smith wide receiver Avius Capers.

Capers, 5-foot-9 and 180 pounds, was in Carolina’s rookie camp in the spring. With De’Andre Presley on the physically unable to perform list, the Panthers looked to add more speed to their receiving corps.

Capers had 40 catches for 449 yards and two touchdowns for the Golden Bulls last year.

To make room for Capers, the Panthers released undrafted rookie cornerback Garry Peters, a former Clemson standout who had been bothered by a lingering hamstring injury since the spring.

Carolina also signed punter/kicker Matt Wile, who will take some of the wear and tear off kicker Graham Gano and punter Brad Nortman in camp.