New Orleans Saints rookie offensive tackle Trevor Penning entered the NFL, known for his fiery on-court demeanor, tossing between whistling and going overboard.
The Saints have already experienced the dance with first-round picks in the early stages of training camp.
Penning has been at odds with defensive teammates over the past three practices, including a scrimmage Wednesday in which rookie and defensive tackle Malcolm Roach was kicked off the practice floor.
“We don’t have time,” coach Dennis Allen said. Via ESPN’s Katherine Terrell“I sent two guys in today and we have to do our job. As a team we have to learn how to compete, how to play, how to practice and push ourselves to the limit but not over the edge.
“It’s not uncommon for something like this to happen in training camp. It’s certainly something we don’t want to see. It’s going to be resolved and we’re going to move on.”
Penning and defensive end Peyton Turner reportedly threw punches before disbanding on Monday. Rookie and safety JT Gray all but caught up on Tuesday.
“It’s football. We’re competing,” Penning said Monday. “It’s a tough game for tough guys and you have to be able to accept that. There’s no bad blood between us. We’re just competitors.”
The northern Iowa product is competing with James Hurst for left tackle duty, and he has a knack for irritating defenders. That’s what attracted the Saints to draft him, but they don’t necessarily want to play against his teammates.
“I think, it’s part of my game. That’s how I am as a player,” Penning said of the whistle on Monday. “But I’m obviously working on my technique. I’m trying to improve the technique of the game and cut down on blocks. Finishing, that’s what I’m proud of and it will always be part of my game.”