When the Tampa Bay Buccaneers signed left tackle Donald Penn to a six-year, $48 million contract with $20 million guaranteed, it was an investment in the health of quarterback Josh Freeman, whose blind side Penn protects.
But during Saturday night’s preseason game, Penn got beaten to the inside by Chiefs defensive end Tamba Hali, who got close enough to Freeman that Freeman hurt his thumb hitting Hali’s helmet when following through on a throw. Penn knows that means he didn’t do his job.
“I didn’t play very well,” Penn said. “I need to go watch film and see my mistakes and fix them.”
Penn said Hali seemed to be getting a jump on him, and he’s concerned that he’s tipping plays.
“It wasn’t a matter of him manhandling me,” Penn said. “But I do need to work on some things. It’s good, I think. This is what the preseason is for. And Tamba Hali, he’s a good defensive end. It’s not like he’s some slouch. But I need to get all this out of me in the preseason so this doesn’t happen again.”