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5 Things to Know About New Vikings Tackle Mike Remmers

The Vikings announced Friday that they have signed tackle Mike Remmers.

Remmers is the second offensive lineman signed by Minnesota since the free agency period opened at 3 p.m. (CT) Thursday, joining former Lions tackle Riley Reiff.

An alum of Oregon State, Remmers first signed with the Denver Broncos as an undrafted free agent in 2012. Remmers spent time with five teams from 2012-14, including a stint with the Vikings from November 2013 to the end of training camp in 2014.

Remmers signed with the Panthers in October 2014. He started all 16 games for Carolina in 2015 and 2016, in addition to two playoff games and Super Bowl 50 following the 2015 season.

Here are five things to know about Remmers:

1. Has played primarily right tackle

Remmers has played primarily right tackle during his career. He played five games there for the Panthers in 2014 – receiving his first career start against the Vikings on Nov. 30 – and was the full-time starter at right tackle for 2015. Remmers in 2016 did slide over to left tackle Week 4 when Michael Oher was sidelined with an injury and played there for the remainder of the season.

In college, Remmers played right tackle for three seasons before starting 12 games on the left side his senior season.

View images of Vikings new T Mike Remmers from his days with the Carolina Panthers.

2. Portland perspective

Remmers, who will turn 28 on April 11, was born in Portland, Oregon. He remained in-state for college, playing at Oregon State University where his father, Wally, played football and older brother, Vic, played basketball. Remmers is the only Oregon native on Minnesota's current roster.


3. High school honors

Remmers attended Jesuit High School in Beaverton, Oregon. In 2007, Remmers' senior year, Jesuit was rated by *Sports Illustrated *as the No. 1 high school athletic program in the nation. The high school has graduated a number of notable alumni, including former Patriots offensive lineman Pete Brock, Atlanta Hawks small forward Mike Dunleavy, Jr., and Miami Heat Head Coach Eric Spoelstra.


4. Bowl games with the Beavers

During Remmers' time at Oregon State (2007-11), the Beavers made three bowl appearances. They defeated Pittsburgh in the 2008 Sun Bowl; fell to BYU in the 2009 Las Vegas Bowl; and fell to Texas in the 2012 Alamo Bowl. Remmers played in 50 games with 44 starts for the Beavers, including the final 37 of his career.


5. Off-field interests

Remmers graduated from Oregon State with a degree in communications. According to a 2016 interview with *Charlotte Observer *reporter Jourdan Rodrigue, Remmers enjoys photography, in addition to spending time with his family and golfing.

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