NFL training camp is in full force, and the first preseason games are right around the corner. There have been plenty of storylines, with extensions being given out, devastating injuries, and even fights during practice.
One developing story is regarding New Orleans Saints rookie offensive tackle Trevor Penning. The former Northern Iowa star has been quite the story in New Orleans, and not for a good reason.
Penning has been causing fights during practice. On August 1, Penning got into it with Payton Turner.
#Saints went full pads today, and first-round pick Trevor Penning no doubt enjoyed the change in training camp. Penning and Payton Turner with some extra curricular activities after the whistle. pic.twitter.com/yzdtZU8Eod
— Garland Gillen (@garlandgillen) August 1, 2022
A day later, Penning got into it with a couple of other teammates.
— Garland Gillen (@garlandgillen) August 2, 2022
Then, the final straw came on Wednesday. During Wednesday’s practice session, Penning again started a fight and then got kicked out of practice altogether.
— Dov Kleiman (@NFL_DovKleiman) August 3, 2022
NFL fans have mixed reactions to this. On the one hand, the aggressiveness of Trevor Penning is a good sign. However, there might be a lot of penalties going against Penning if he can’t learn to contain himself.
What in the world is wrong with him. He needs to take a step back and calm down. https://t.co/8LNazJBwBR
— Ledio Hamati (@HamatiLedio) August 3, 2022
It’s really beyond me how these dudes throw bare-handed punches at other dude with a rock solid helmet on like they’re doing any damage 🤦♂️🤦♂️ https://t.co/5oeMC1j0V7
— Derek Hryn (@DerekHryn) August 3, 2022
Unless I’m missing something here:
Clip 1: unless Penning is jawing he is responding to a guy cold cocking him for no real reason
Clip 2: little too amped up, but not bad or instigating a fight
Clip 3: love the effort and a heck of a block
Might just be though I guess https://t.co/bzAI1jn5M8
— Ken Barrett (@Bucs_Barrett) August 3, 2022
LMAOOOOOO that’s the type of energy that you need from an OL ! Real scumbag ! No nice guys on the OL https://t.co/1QMm8PJ326
— WahDame (@swagg_champx3) August 3, 2022
Penning’s raw athletic ability sent him flying up draft boards, and the Saints selected him with the No. 19 overall choice in the 2022 NFL Draft.
Nonetheless, J.T. Gray, who Penning got into a scuffle with on Tuesday, was honest about the situation.
J.T. Gray on his dust-up with Trevor Penning at yesterday's practice: “Just two competitive guys going at it. Just giving extreme effort and going out there and holding the standard of Saints football.” #Saints
— Jeff Nowak (@Jeff_Nowak) August 3, 2022
Still, if he keeps doing things like this during practice, he might not see much playing time during the season.