The Cincinnati Bengals have hired Troy Walters as an assistant wide receivers coach, the team announced Monday.
Walters was Nebraska’s offensive coordinator and wide receivers coach for the last two years before being let go this offseason in what the school called a “mutual” separation. He served in the same role at UCF from 2016-17.
Prior to that, Walters had previous stints as a wide receivers coach at Colorado, NC State, Texas A&M and Indiana State, but he’s never coached in the NFL. However, Walters does have playing experience in the pros.
The Minnesota Vikings selected Walters in the fifth round of the 2000 NFL Draft out of Stanford. He would go on to appear in games with the Vikings, Colts, Cardinals and Lions.
During his eight-year career, Walters played in 98 games and caught 102 passes for 1,135 yards and nine touchdowns. He also returned 117 kickoffs for 2,594 yards and 139 punts for 1,241 yards.
Walters has connections to Bengals head coach Zac Taylor, who was a quarterback at Nebraska. At Texas A&M, Walters worked under head coach Mike Sherman, who is Taylor’s father-in-law, while Taylor was a graduate assistant.