Raiders OC Greg Olson: Donald Penn looks like a 'natural' at right tackle
Raiders offensive tackle Donald Penn has moved to the right side of the line to make room for rookie tackle Kolton Miller. But according to offensive coordinator Greg Olson, Penn is a natural on the right side.
“He really looked very natural from the first day we put him out there. That was extremely encouraging because he hasn’t played that position much throughout his career,” Olson said according to NBC Sports Bay Area’s Scott Bair.
Olson’s main concern is Penn’s lack of practice time leading up to the regular season. The veteran tackle is coming back from a lisfranc foot injury.
“He is having to play himself into shape. … As far as playing the position, he has looked very comfortable there,” Olson said, per Bair.
Penn appears to be the ultimate team player. He was a Pro Bowl selection at left tackle the last two seasons in Oakland but didn’t hesitate to move over for Miller. He also restructured his contract to make the deal more cap friendly for the Raiders, although that was only necessary after Penn held out for a new contract a season ago.
But coach Jon Gruden is leading the charge now, and the mission is clear. The team want’s to win now, and so does Penn. The 35-year-old knows he doesn’t have many years left to play in the NFL.
Penn is still a valuable asset for the Raiders. He’ll not only start in 2018 if healthy, he’ll tutor Miller and rookie OF Brandon Parker to make sure Oakland is set at the position for years to come.