Saints still believe ‘the sky’s the limit’ for Trevor Penning — but he has to get healthy

Saints still believe 'the sky's the limit' for Trevor Penning — but he has to get healthy
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Some of those traits are obvious. Penning is one of the more physically imposing players on the roster, and he knows how to use his 6-foot-7, 321-pound frame. But offensive line coach Doug Marrone also recalled seeing the innate traits, like Penning’s finisher mentality, that he can’t coach in a player.

Penning had his rough moments early in training camp, but the Saints saw him make a big jump when the team traveled to Green Bay, Wisconsin, for joint practices with the Green Bay Packers.

“We’re like, ‘OK, now he’s really starting to come on,’” Marrone said. “You get those practices where you’re back-to-back-to-back, and you’re working out all the kinks, and you’re starting to see, OK, now this player is getting into a position where he’s gonna be able to perform for us this year and play well.

“And then the injury occurred. And it was unfortunate.”

After Penning returned from his first injury, the Saints played him exclusively as a sixth offensive lineman in his first five games. Marrone said it would’ve been unrealistic to expect Penning to play every snap as a starter after missing so much time.

“We kind of just threw him in there,” Marrone said. “He struggled a little bit early, but then all of a sudden it started to come around.”

Now the challenge for the Saints is in getting Penning to take the next step in his development after he will spend much of this offseason focusing on getting his body healthy. What Marrone said he’s looking to do is “accelerate” Penning’s learning curve, so that by the time he returns to the field, he’s at the level both he and the Saints are expecting.

And, to be clear, they’re expecting him to play at a very high level.

“If we can keep him healthy, the sky’s the limit in terms of what he can do,” Allen said. “He’s big, he’s physical, I love his play demeanor. He’s athletic for a guy his size. We’re excited about the player.”

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