NFL rookie kicked out of practice for starting fight on 3 straight days
Someone forgot to tell New Orleans Saints OL Trevor Penning that he was drafted for his football abilities, not his fighting skills.
The rookie offensive lineman was kicked out of Saints’ practice on Wednesday after getting in fights with his teammates 3 days in a row:
— Dov Kleiman (@NFL_DovKleiman) August 3, 2022
Penning entered the 2021 fall season as one of the highest-rated offensive tackles and FCS prospects for the 2022 NFL Draft, and was drafted in the first round by the New Orleans Saints. He played college football at Northern Iowa, where he redshirted his freshman season before starting all 15 games of his sophomore season.
Prior to entering the NFL Draft, scouts made note of his tenacity and penchant for violence. Lance Zierlein of NFL.com noted that the young tackle “plays with a level of disgust for anyone lining up against him and seeks out violent block finishes when possible,” adding that he will need to “learn to control and harness his on-field fire.”
Apparently Penning has not yet learned that control, putting his future in potential jeopardy. As Saints head coach Dennis Allen told reporters “We don’t have time for that.” The Saints also can’t afford a hot-headed tackle that will rack up penalties on the field.