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Giants sign OT Mike Remmers, who is expected to play right tackle

Mike Remmers, Giants

The New York Giants have signed veteran offensive tackle Mike Remmers, as noted by his agent, Brent Tessler. Big Blue acquired the former Carolina Panther and Minnesota Viking on Saturday.

The seasons Tessler is talking about: 2015 and 2017.

In 2015, Mike Remmers helped the Carolina Panthers make Super Bowl 50, protecting Cam Newton and enabling the Panthers’ offense to come alive. In that 2015 season, Remmers started all 16 regular-season games and committed just three holding penalties over the course of the full campaign. Carolina dominated the NFC and roared through the NFC playoffs to make the golden anniversary Super Bowl in Santa Clara, California, against the Denver Broncos.

In 2017, Mike Remmers was part of the Minnesota Vikings’ offensive line, which enabled quarterback Case Keenum to produce the best season of his career and establish a strong rapport with Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs. Minnesota has struggled to find reliable linemen, but in 2017, Remmers was part of a competent unit which was able to hold the offense together and make it relatively functional. Remmers played in only 11 games because of a concussion. He played 675 snaps for the Vikings that season, ninth on the team.

Remmers missed five regular-season games in the second half of November and the first half of December in 2017 with Minnesota. He returned in mid-December in time for the final push toward a first-round bye, which the Vikings successfully obtained. Minnesota gained the No. 2 seed in the NFC and won its divisional playoff game thanks to the “Minneapolis Miracle,” the last-ditch touchdown pass from Keenum to Diggs which stunned the New Orleans Saints. The Vikings then lost to the Philadelphia Eagles in the NFC Championship Game.

Mike Remmers has played in seven postseason games and won four. His holding penalties are a concern — he committed six in 2018 in Minnesota — but the Giants clearly think they can address his weaknesses and improve his quality of play. With Eli Manning in the saddle and young Daniel Jones as the quarterback of the future in New York, Remmers carries a lot of responsibilities at right tackle.