Donald Penn staying in Shape despite Holdout

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.

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.

Ted Nguyen is a football coach, offensive coordinator, QB coach, teacher and blogger. He graduated from UC Davis with his degree in English-Critical Analysis. He enjoys long walks on the beach and researching and writing about the latest developments and trends in football strategy.

2 comments on “Donald Penn staying in Shape despite Holdout

  1. well penn staying in shape is good news, but he certainly wont be in playing shape if and when he comes back. and while his opponents on the field will be in playing shape thats where he or Carr have a higher chance of getting injured

  2. Doesn’t quite look like TC or like he’s breaking a great sweat working one on one when everybody else well is in game shape by now. Working against the medicine ball… DP has had one (1) solid season with the Raiders just one, at the end of the ’17/’18 season is when it would seem time to renegotiate the contract he signed just before this time in 2017. I don’t think he ha s much trust in his abilities otherwise his agent would have done this mid season for a two year extension at scale for an above avg. LT

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