Charlotte, N.C.--The Carolina Panthers have hired Bruce DeHaven as assistant special teams coach and Lance Taylor as assistant wide receivers coach/quality control, the team said Tuesday.
DeHaven joins the Panthers after spending the previous three seasons (2010-12) with the Buffalo Bills.
In 2012, DeHaven's special teams unit ranked first in the NFL in punt return average and fourth in kickoff return average. In 2011, DeHaven's kickoff coverage unit held opponents to 20.4 yards per return, the best in the NFL.
Also, the team's punt return unit finished third in the NFL with 12.7 yards per punt return. A veteran of 26 NFL seasons, DeHaven previously coached with the Bills from 1987-99 and also coached with the San Francisco 49ers (2000-02), Dallas Cowboys (2003-06) and Seattle Seahawks (2007-09). Prior to entering the NFL, DeHaven spent three seasons (1983-85) coaching in the USFL and four seasons (1979-82) coaching collegiately.
Taylor comes to the Panthers after three seasons with the New York Jets (2010-12).
In 2012, Taylor served as the Jets' assistant tight ends coach/quality control after previously working as offensive quality control coach (2011) and a coaching intern (2010).
Prior to joining the Jets, Taylor was wide receivers coach at Appalachian State (2009). He began his coaching career as a graduate assistant for two seasons at his alma mater, the University of Alabama (2007-08). As a player, Taylor walked on at Alabama, played in 38 consecutive games for the Crimson Tide and was named a team captain as a senior in 2003.