Panthers Hire Jim Hostler As New Wide Receivers Coach


Jim Hostler has been hired as the Panthers wide receivers coach, the team announced Friday.

Hostler (HOSS-LER) will enter his 19th season in the NFL after a one-year stint as the offense – pass game coordinator for the Green Bay Packers in 2018.

Last season, the Packers ranked sixth in the NFL with 4,629 receiving yards and seventh with 392 receptions. Green Bay’s Davante Adams was second in the NFL with 13 receiving touchdowns and seventh with 1,386 receiving yards.

Prior to his position in Green Bay, Hostler spent three seasons with the Indianapolis Colts, first as wide receivers coach (2015) and then as tight ends coach (2016-17). Hostler also served in a variety of roles on the offensive side of the ball for the Buffalo Bills (2014), Baltimore Ravens (2008-13), San Francisco 49ers (2005-07), N.Y. Jets (2003-04), New Orleans Saints (2001-02) and Kansas City Chiefs (2000).

During his time in Indianapolis, Hostler tutored tight Jack Doyle, who caught 139 passes for 1,274 yards and nine TDs in 2016-17. In 2015, Hostler coached the wide receivers for Indianapolis, helping guide T.Y. Hilton to his second career Pro Bowl selection as he became just the third player in team history to register three straight 1,000-yard receiving seasons.

Hostler spent the 2014 campaign with the Buffalo Bills, serving as a senior offensive assistant. Prior to Buffalo, Hostler spent six seasons (2008-13) with the Baltimore Ravens as wide receivers coach, where he oversaw a receiving corps that played an integral role in the team’s Super Bowl XLVII win. Hostler coached current Panthers wide receiver Torrey Smith, who averaged 17.2 yards per catch from 2011-13, good for fifth in the NFL over that span.

Hostler spent the 2005-07 seasons with the San Francisco 49ers, serving as quarterbacks coach for his first two years and offensive coordinator for his final season. Prior to San Francisco, Hostler spent two seasons with the N.Y. Jets, coaching quarterbacks in 2003 and wide receivers in 2004. Hostler spent the previous two seasons (2001-02) with the New Orleans Saints, serving as offensive assistant/quality control in his first season and as the assistant wide receivers coach in his second season. Hostler began his NFL coaching career with the Kansas City Chiefs in 2000 as offensive assistant/quality control.

Before joining the NFL coaching ranks, Hostler spent 10 seasons coaching at the college level, including nine seasons (1990-92, 1994-99) in a variety of roles at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. In between stints at IUP, Hostler spent the 1993 season as offensive coordinator at Juniata College.