When the New Orleans Saints used the No. 19 overall pick in the 2022 NFL Draft to select Northern Iowa offensive tackle Trevor Penning, the assumption was that they were getting a nasty offensive lineman who plays the game with attitude.
It turns out that those assumptions were accurate.
Penning showed his “nasty side” on the Saints’ first day in pads by going at it with second-year defensive end Payton Turner.
Check it out:
#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
Turner was the Saints’ first-round selection in the 2021 NFL Draft (No. 28 overall). If everything goes according to plan for the Saints, these two will be teammates for a long time.
Of course, what happened this week during practice is no indication that there will be lingering issues between the two players.
Stuff like this happens almost every day during training camp. It’s a sign of healthy competition. Just a couple of guys passionately getting after it and working to get better. Sometimes emotions boil over and you end up with a scuffle. That’s all this was.
Saints fans, however, should be excited about Penning’s demeanor. Remember, this is the guy who said during the pre-draft process that he watches horror movies before games to get in the right mindset.
That’s the definition of “nasty”.
I have a feeling Penning’s going to be giving pass rushers in the NFC South a fit for many years to come.
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