Mike Remmers – who didn’t get a single scholarship offer out of high school and wasn’t drafted out of college – now starts for Carolina at right tackle. Remmers has had a strong start to the season for a Panthers’ offensive line currently ranked No. 2 in the NFL (trailing only Atlanta) in the offensive line rankings of the analytics website Pro Football Focus.
Here are four things you didn’t know about Remmers:
1. Biltmore and the black Lab: Remmers planned to spend some of his off time during this bye weekend taking his black labrador, Stella, outside and another part of it on a brief vacation with his wife in Asheville.
“I’m going to take Stella to tons of parks and let her go around and swim a lot,” Remmers said. “And we want to spend a day and a night in Asheville. My wife and I watched a video about Biltmore, and it looked amazing and really beautiful.”
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2. He never cared for Seattle: Although Remmers grew up in the Pacific Northwest in Portland Ore., he said he “never liked the Seahawks.”
“My family didn’t watch a ton of NFL growing up,” Remmers said, “but we all liked the Raiders when we did. I will have a lot of family and friends at this game, though (on Oct. 18). Last year in the playoffs was such a bummer. We all knew we were capable of more than that. Seattle is a great team and it’s a tough place to play. But to win this game and be 5-0? That would really turn some heads.”
3. He lives and dies with his alma mater Oregon State: “My dad played football there,” Remmers said. “My oldest brother played basketball there. It was about 90 minutes away, and we were always going there for football and basketball games. We all definitely bleed black and orange.”
4. He (almost) neutralized J.J. Watt: On Sept. 20, Remmers had primary blocking responsibility on Houston’s J.J. Watt, who was the NFL’s Defensive Player of the Year in 2014. Watt had one sack but was not a huge factor as Carolina won.
“I felt like I did a pretty good job,” Remmers said. “I had a lot of assistance from the tight ends, running backs and my right guard Trai Turner. As an offensive line we have been doing real well all season I think – running the ball efficiently and pass protecting pretty well.”