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Carolina Panthers bring in veteran scouts to fill openings

Carolina Panthers general manager Dave Gettleman hired two scouts to fill open positions, the team announced Thursday.
Carolina Panthers general manager Dave Gettleman hired two scouts to fill open positions, the team announced Thursday. AP

Carolina Panthers general manager Dave Gettleman, a longtime scout, hired a couple of new ones this week.

Gettleman has brought in front office veterans Eric Stokes and Joel Patten to handle the team’s Southwest and Midwest scouting, respectively, the team announced Thursday.

The additions represent the first changes to the team’s college scouting department since Gettleman arrived in Charlotte three years ago.

The moves follow assistant scouting director Ryan Cowden’s departure two weeks ago to become the Tennessee Titans’ director of player personnel, and scout John Peterson’s decision to retire.

Stokes, a former Seattle Seahawks safety, was the Miami Dolphins’ assistant general manager before being fired in February. Stokes spent 12 years with Seattle in various scouting and personnel roles, and also served as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ director of college scouting.

Patten, a former Duke offensive lineman who played for several NFL teams, was most recently the San Francisco 49ers’ director of college scouting before leaving in 2014.

In addition to the hires, several Panthers scouts also received new titles and responsibilities.

College scouting director Don Gregory becomes the director of player personnel. Jeff Morrow, a national scout, assumes Cowden’s former role of assistant college scouting director and Mike Szabo was promoted to a national scout.

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