Raiders' Donald Penn taking rookie offensive tackles under his wing
Raiders offensive tackle Donald Penn watched Oakland select two players at his position in the first three rounds of the 2018 NFL draft, but the twelve-year veteran has elected to respond by showing leadership, not resentment.
Penn is referring to rookie offensive tackles Kolton Miller and Brandon Parker. Parker is the player getting an earful from Penn during organized team activities (OTAs) Wednesday. The photo was first posted by the Raiders’ official Twitter account.
Miller is positioned to be the Raiders left tackle of the future as the No. 15 overall pick in the NFL draft. Penn earned a trip to the Pro Bowl each of the last two seasons, however, and he’s under contract for the next two campaigns.
His deal was re-worked by general manager Reggie McKenzie after Penn refused to attend training camp last season, and the holdout disappointed many Raiders fans. The two sides agreed to a two-year deal worth $18.7 million with $3 million guaranteed, per Spotrac.
It remains to be seen how well Oakland’s rookie offensive tackles will perform, but Oakland needs the veteran Penn to have one more good year. The 35-year-old would help the club tremendously by helping to bridge the gap between youth and experience at his position. He’s set the table to do just that, and no matter how playing time gets divvied up at offensive tackle, there’s no question as to who the leader is.