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NFL Carolina Panthers

Panthers add Ed Reed’s back-up, Haruki Nakamura, to Defense

The Carolina Panthers have signed Haruki Nakamura, a safety who has backed up Ed Reed on the Ravens for several years. Nakamura was a sixth-round draft pick for the Ravens in 2008, and he became a free agent this week.

“We just think he’s a very good football player,” Panthers general manager Marty Hurney said. “Haruki is a good young player that has played in a lot of different spots. Defensively he’s very smart, and he has a lot of position flexibility. We think he can compete at the safety position.”

Hurney also added about Nakamura’s versatility and passion.

“He’s also an excellent special teams player, and he plays the game with a lot of passion.”

Nakamura led the Ravens in special teams tackles in the playoffs and played in 56 games for the Ravens. The Panthers add more defensive help to go with their new defensive coordinators.