Entering training camp, the right tackle position was one of the position that the Carolina Panthers could have had a serious battle. Returning starter Mike Remmers was coming off one of the worst games of his career, Super Bowl 50, and second-year tackle Daryl Williams has the potential to be a starting tackle in this league.
After practice on Monday, Ron Rivera was asked if Williams was pushing Remmers for the starting right tackle position and Rivera was pretty straight forward by saying, "Honestly, no."
The Panthers' head coach went on to clarify that this wasn't necessarily a reflection on Williams but rather the strong offseason Remmers has had.
"To Mike's credit, he is having a very good camp," Rivera said. "Mike had really good OTAs and mini-camp and he has continued that pace."
Remmers has appeared to have bounced back from Super Bowl 50, a game that he struggled to slow down the Denver Broncos' pass rusher Von Miller. It is unfortunate that he had this type of performance on the biggest stage. He has really been a solid right tackle for the Panthers since he stepped into the starting lineup in Week 13 of the 2014 season.
If he starts Week 1 against the Broncos, which appears to be likely at this point, it will mark the 27th straight start for Remmers, including playoffs.
"The big thing that we always seem to forget is that when Mike came to us, he had no NFL experience," Rivera said. "We were the first team to have him active on the 53-man. He is still a young guy, who is going to get better and better I believe."