Donald Penn officially joined the Redskins today, and is already answering questions from the media. He was on the practice field today taking a few reps, and he said the offense is similar to Jon Gruden's and should be easy to pick up. Penn is happy to be playing left tackle again. He spoke to Trent Williams before signing, and is willing to play swing tackle if Williams returns.
Donald Penn at the podium. On why he joined left tackle: "I'm a left tackle at heart. ... They said they needed some help and so I was willing to come in and help."— Matthew Paras (@Matthew_Paras) July 31, 2019
Penn says he has a lot "left," with an emphasis on left because he's a left tackle. I appreciate that pun.— Matthew Paras (@Matthew_Paras) July 31, 2019
Penn says a big key for him: Back to playing left tackle. Said playing on the right side was tough for him, especially coming off a Lisfranc injury to foot he needed to push off of on right side. says he's healthy and back to side he prefers.— John Keim (@john_keim) July 31, 2019
Penn said he reached out to Trent Williams before he signed and had a "good conversation."— Matthew Paras (@Matthew_Paras) July 31, 2019
Donald Penn said he knows Trent Williams and the two spoke before he made the decision to come. Declined to disclose the details of the convo. #Redskins— Kareem Copeland (@kareemcopeland) July 31, 2019
Donald Penn said he signed for a chance to play LT. Reluctantly played RT as a team player, but at heart he's a LT. Said he came here for a chance to start, familiarity with Jay Gruden's offense, Bruce Allen, Doug Williams. Penn spoke with Trent Williams before signing #HTTR— Rhiannon Walker (@InstantRHIplay) July 31, 2019
Signing with the Redskins:
Donald Penn said he wanted to weigh his options, his kids are in California, had other teams calling and said Washington gave him time to think everything through. Jon Gruden texted him jokingly, "You can't shake the Grudens." #HTTR— Rhiannon Walker (@InstantRHIplay) July 31, 2019
Penn says Flowers looked way better inside today. Impressed with him at LG.— Craig Hoffman (@CraigHoffman) July 31, 2019
Penn said Haskins worked out with him this offseason. Speaks highly of the offensive line and says as a veteran he needs to help mentor .— George Wallace (@GWallaceWTOP) July 31, 2019
Donald Penn: I'm not just signing just to play. I'm signing to win. #Redskins— Kareem Copeland (@kareemcopeland) July 31, 2019
Donald Penn said he's open to being a swing tackle if Trent comes back.— Matthew Paras (@Matthew_Paras) July 31, 2019
Penn says he's surprised with how fast he picked up the playbook. A couple calls are different, but most of the terminology is the same.— Craig Hoffman (@CraigHoffman) July 31, 2019
As far as role - Penn says he can be a swing guy if they need, but he'd really like to stay at LT if possible.
Donald Penn said he likes the pieces Washington has in place on the line. Right side of the line he's watched in the past. He's approaching his role as a mentor and said he came in coaching guys up today. Penn has worked with Keenum, worked out with Haskins in offseason #HTTR— Rhiannon Walker (@InstantRHIplay) July 31, 2019