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Remmers and Williams tackle new challenge


CHARLOTTE – In Sunday's loss to the Falcons, Mike Remmers made his first career start at left tackle and right tackle Daryl Williams made his first career start period.

The final outcome was disappointing, but that's now how the coaching staff would characterize those individual performances under tough circumstances.

"I felt Mike and Daryl did a nice job playing a new position for them, so to speak," said offensive coordinator Mike Shula, whose unit surrendered just one sack. "There were a lot of good things. Now, there were a lot of things they could both get better at, but you could say that across the board offensively."

Remmers had started 24 consecutive games at right tackle before making the switch to fill in for Michael Oher, sidelined with a concussion.

"Everything is flipped, all the plays are flipped. It took a little bit to get used to that," Remmers said. "I know I can do better."

Remmers described the fourth-quarter touchdown drive where he was penalized three times in the red zone "a lack of focus."

"There are a few plays I wish I could have back and change," Remmers said. "But I learned a lot from that game, and it's going to help me grow."

Williams knows how difficult the move from right to left tackle can be from firsthand experience.

"It's very difficult. My hat goes off to Mike Remmers," said Williams, a right tackle throughout his college career at Oklahoma who has taken snaps at left tackle during preseason. "It's hard. I hate going to left (tackle). But somebody has got to do it."

Williams, a former fourth-round draft choice now in his second year, had been waiting for a chance to see his first extended action, and he felt good about his performance.

"I've just got to keep building and keep getting better," Williams said. "I got more experience and there is more to come."

Oher did not make an appearance at Wednesday's practice, and his status for Monday night's game against the Buccaneers is uncertain. Thus, Remmers and Williams are preparing to serve as the starting tackles once again.

"I'm being ready for anything," Remmers said. "Whatever I can do to help the team."

View photos from the Panthers' week of practice leading up to their game against Tampa Bay.

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