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Panthers sign (another) tight end as bottom-of-roster churn continues

Utah State tight end Wyatt Houston (83) was signed by the Carolina Panthers on Wednesday, adding another player to that crowded position group.
Utah State tight end Wyatt Houston (83) was signed by the Carolina Panthers on Wednesday, adding another player to that crowded position group. AP

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).

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.

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