Right tackle Mike Remmers is the Carolina Panthers’ backup plan at center should starter Ryan Kalil experience a setback with his sprained knee this week.
The Panthers open the season at Jacksonville on Sunday.
Remmers hasn’t played the position since seventh grade. But after getting reps there during OTAs, Remmers went home to Oregon during the summer and received some tips from one of his former teammates at Oregon State.
“He played center so he kind of helped me out a little bit this offseason. I’ve been doing a little snapping after practice,” Remmers said Monday. “I try not to think about it when you’re playing because I feel like that’s when bad snaps happen. You’ve got to be natural and just do it.”
When Remmers is at center, rookie Daryl Williams takes his place at right tackle. Williams had a strong preseason, drawing praise from Panthers coach Ron Rivera for his work against Miami’s defensive linemen during the joint practices with the Dolphins last month.
Versatile lineman Chris Scott is the Panthers’ third-team center.