The NY Jets have struggled to find quality offensive tackle depth for months now, but on Monday, they reportedly added a versatile veteran to their practice squad in the form of Mike Remmers.
NFL Network's Tom Pelissero is reporting that the Jets have signed Remmers to their practice squad with the expectation that he will be promoted to the active roster "in the next week or so once he's up to speed."
A nine-year NFL veteran, Remmers has started 90 games over his near-decade-long career that includes stints with the then-San Diego Chargers, Carolina Panthers, Minnesota Vikings, New York Giants, and most recently the Kansas City Chiefs.
Remmers has started games at both left and right tackle and has even played some guard in his career. He's exactly the type of experienced, versatile backup tackle the Jets needed — and he's probably someone the team should have looked to sign in March or April as opposed to September.
Mike Remmers provides desperately needed offensive tackle depth for the NY Jets
The Remmers signing comes after a string of injuries for the Jets at the offensive tackle position. The team lost Mekhi Becton for the year due to a knee injury this summer and his replacement, Duane Brown, has spent the first three weeks of the season on the injured reserve.
Meanwhile, left tackle George Fant is still feeling the effects of his offseason knee surgery and was removed from Sunday's game as a result of discomfort. His status for Week 4 is very much in question.
Unfortunately for the Jets, if Fant is unable to play this coming Sunday, it's hard to imagine that Remmers will be ready to take his place. That means it would likely be Conor McDermott sliding into the starting left tackle job opposite rookie Max Mitchell.
Another reason the Jets probably should have addressed their tackle depth in the spring as opposed to after the season started.
Remmers appeared in just four games with the Chiefs last season, serving as the team's primary swing tackle before landing on the injured reserve in November. He started 10 games for the team in 2020 and was the Chiefs' left tackle in the Super Bowl that year.
In 10 starts for the Chiefs in 2020, Remmers finished with an above-average 70.1 Pro Football Focus grade that included an excellent 76.4 pass-block grade. He's quality depth at a major position of need.
The Jets were desperate for offensive tackle help and Remmers provides them with just that. It's just a shame they might be stuck with McDermott at left tackle for a week because this move was made in September.
Better late than never, though. This was a much-needed move.