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Jim Hostler

Senior Offensive Assistant

College: Indiana University of Pennsylvania

Experience: 20 years


Jim Hostler enters his second season in Washington and his first as the team's senior offensive assistant in 2021.

He came to Washington as a wide receiver coach in 2020 and was promoted to senior offensive assistant on Feb. 4, 2021. In Hostler's new role, he will assist in various aspects of the offense while still being a resource for new wide receivers coach Drew Terrell in the wide receiver room.

Hostler enters his 22nd season in the NFL in 2021. He held previous coaching roles in Carolina (2019), Green Bay (2018), Indianapolis (2015-17), Buffalo (2014), Baltimore (2008-13), San Francisco (2005-07), New York Jets (2003-04), New Orleans (2001-02) and Kansas City (2000).

In his only season with Carolina in 2019, Hostler helped lead the Panthers receiving group to top 10 finishes in receiving yards (10th), receptions (7th), receptions per game (7th) and receiving yards per game (10th).

In 2018, Hostler served as the passing game coordinator for the Green Bay Packers. The Packers ranked sixth in the NFL with 4,629 receiving yards and seventh with 392 receptions. Green Bay WR Davante Adams was second in the NFL with 13 receiving touchdowns and seventh with 1,386 receiving yards. 

Prior to his stint in Green Bay, he spent three seasons with the Indianapolis Colts, first as wide receivers coach (2015) and then as tight ends coach (2016-17). During his time with the Colts, Hostler tutored tight end Jack Doyle, who caught 139 passes for 1,274 yards and nine touchdowns between 2016-17. His 139 receptions over those two seasons were tied for fourth in the league among tight ends, while his 80 receptions in 2017 were the second-most by a tight end in Colts history. 

Hostler spent the 2014 campaign with the Buffalo Bills, serving as a senior offensive assistant. During that season, wide receiver Sammy Watkins set single-season rookie records for receptions (65) and receiving yards (982), and the Bills had three different players (Watkins, Robert Woods and Fred Jackson) post at least 50 receptions each for the first time in franchise history.

Prior to working in 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. During the 2012 campaign, Baltimore's wideouts helped contribute to the team's 3,996 receiving yards, the second-most in a season in franchise history to that point. 

Hostler spent the 2005-07 seasons with the San Francisco 49ers, serving as quarterbacks coach for his first two years and offensive coordinator in his final season where he worked with current Washington QB Alex Smith. Prior to his time in San Francisco, Hostler spent two seasons with the New York Jets, coaching quarterbacks in 2003 and wide receivers in 2004.

Hostler spent the two seasons prior to his stint in New York with the New Orleans Saints as an offensive assistant/quality control coach in his first season and as assistant wide receivers coach in his second season. Hostler began his NFL coaching career with the Kansas City Chiefs in 2000 as an 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.

A four-year letterman and two-time Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference all-conference selection, Hostler was a standout cornerback at IUP from 1986-89. During his collegiate playing career, he helped the Indians capture two conference titles and make three trips to the PSAC Division II playoffs. He earned a bachelor's degree in criminology from IUP in 1989.


  • 2020: Wide Receivers, Washington Football Team
  • 2019: Wide Receivers, Carolina Panthers
  • 2018: Passing Game Coordinator, Green Bay Packers
  • 2016-17: Tight Ends, Indianapolis Colts
  • 2015: Wide Receivers, Indianapolis Colts
  • 2014: Senior Offensive Assistant, Buffalo Bills
  • 2008-13: Wide Receivers Coach, Baltimore Ravens
  • 2007: Offensive Coordinator, San Francisco 49ers
  • 2005-06: Quarterbacks, San Francisco 49ers
  • 2004: Wide Receivers, New York Jets
  • 2003: Quarterbacks, New York Jets
  • 2001-02: Assistant Wide Receivers Coach, New Orleans Saints
  • 2000: Offensive Quality Control, Kansas City Chiefs
  • 1999: Offensive Coordinator, Indiana University of Pennsylvania
  • 1997-98: Linebackers Coach, Indiana University of Pennsylvania
  • 1994-96: Wide Receivers Coach, Indiana University of Pennsylvania
  • 1993: Offensive Coordinator, Juniata College
  • 1990-92: Running Backs Coach, Indiana University of Pennsylvania
  • 1986-89: Cornerback, Indiana University of Pennsylvania