Settling in at right tackle, Daryl Williams is having a much better camp this year than he did his rookie season last year.
Even so, the gap between him and starting right tackle Mike Remmers isn’t nearly as close as coach Ron Rivera would like it to be.
“To answer your question honestly, no,” Rivera said in response to whether Williams is pushing Remmers enough. “I’d love to see him push Remmers even more. But, to Mike’s credit, Mike’s having a very good camp. Mike had very good OTAs and minicamp and he’s continued that pace. Daryl has improved, but a lot of it has to do with Mike’s continued improvement and growth.”
Williams said he’s far more comfortable on the right side than the left, where the Panthers tried him some last season.
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He sprained his knee in Week 1 and missed the next five games. He played sparingly in 10 games, and there was an offseason hope that he’d give Remmers a run.
“It’s both of us pushing each other,” Williams said. “Mike’s a starter and I’m just trying to push him and compete with him in camp.”
Williams had a bad start to his first exhibition last week. He gave up a strip sack playing left tackle on his first play, but he settled in and eventually graded out well.
“I’ve never played left tackle pretty much in my life,” Williams said. “It’s just me trusting my technique and just being comfortable in there and keeping my composure.”