Donald Penn has missed all of training camp and still has not reported with the Oakland Raiders because of a contract dispute. Penn wants a new deal, while general manager, Reggie Mckenzie has said that he won’t negotiate unless Penn reports.
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As the season nears, the situation is becoming more and more worrisome. Although Penn is a veteran, it would be ideal for both parties for him to be with the team in the third preseason game against the Cowboys when the starters play for extended minutes.
One thing that the Raiders don’t have to worry about is Penn saying in shape. He isn’t using this hold out as an extended vacation, he is actually working out with offensive line guru, Duke Manyweather.
Manyweather has built a reputation for training NFL offensive linemen and being in the forefront of offensive linemen training techniques. Penn is in good hands.
Penn is currently below his regular playing weight (listed at 340 lbs. on NFL.com). Manyweather says Penn currently weighs 325-330 lbs.. From the video, he appears to be in great shape and is moving around very well.
It is unclear when Penn will be back but when he does, his body will be ready to go.
Be sure to check out Duke’s page to learn more about offensive line scouting and training.