Panthers coach Ron Rivera said this week that backup Daryl Williams wasn’t pushing starting right tackle Mike Remmers sufficiently enough.
The Panthers brought in a couple of players Wednesday who might provide more of a push.
Former New York Giants tackle Will Beatty and ex-East Carolina offensive lineman Willie Smith worked out for the Panthers in Charlotte, according to league sources with knowledge of the visits.
The Panthers’ starting tackles are set with Michael Oher and Remmers, but backups David Foucault and Williams struggled through much of training camp and during the exhibition opener last week at Baltimore.
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Beatty, 31, has significant starting experience and is familiar with Panthers general manager Dave Gettleman from their time together with the New York Giants.
Smith, 29, grew up in Smithfield and was an all-conference player at ECU, where he started 27 consecutive games over his final two seasons.
Neither Beatty nor Smith played in 2015.
Beatty missed the season with a torn pectoral muscle and a torn rotator cuff, and was released during the offseason. The doctor who performed both surgeries told Newsday that Beatty has been cleared for full participation.
Beatty was New York’s second-round pick in 2009 when Gettleman ran the Giants’ pro personnel department. He started 63 games in six seasons for the Giants, with all but four of them coming at left tackle.
Beatty has drawn interest from other teams.
Jacksonville reportedly offered Beatty a contract after a recent workout, and Philadelphia has Beatty on its radar as the Eagles wait to hear on right tackle Lane Johnson’s appeal of a 10-game suspension, according to Newsday.
Smith signed with Washington as an undrafted free agent in 2011 and also has spent time with Oakland and San Diego. His most extensive action was in 2012 when he started seven games for the Raiders.
Smith was in Washington’s camp last summer, but played poorly in a preseason game against Detroit and did not make the roster.
The Panthers traded three draft picks to Oakland last year to move up and select Williams in the fourth round. He sprained his knee Week 1 against Jacksonville but played 10 games as a rookie, with two starts.
Williams is best suited as a right tackle. He gave up a strip-sack on his first play at left tackle in last week’s exhibition loss at Baltimore.
Foucault gave up pressures on consecutive plays against the Ravens, and was inconsistent during 1-on-1 blocking drills at Wofford.