Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Bucs notes: Penn has weight under control
Donald Penn says he's moving on.
The veteran Tampa Bay Buccaneers left tackle was angered by a recent online report suggesting Penn failed to meet some of the weight clauses stipulated in his contract.
“I'm a happy-go-lucky guy and it seems like people are trying to attack me,'' Penn said after Wednesday's offseason practice. “But, you know, I'm going to be bigger and better than that.
“Me and (head coach Greg) Schiano had a lot of talks last year about where he wanted my weight. We had a disagreement on what he wanted and where I thought I should be. At the end of the day, that's a battle I'm not going to win. I bought in and I've done everything he's asked me to do. For that (report) to come out, after I've been doing everything that I've done, it really like kind of stabbed me in the stomach.''
Penn, who has started 92 consecutive games, said he weighs 330 pounds, 10 pounds less than his listed weight.
“I'm very excited about what he done this offseason and where he's got himself in terms of conditioning,'' Bucs general manager Mark Dominik said. “I'm sure (the report) is disappointing to Donald. What he's doing is right on par with what we would have hoped and expected from Donald Penn.''
Schiano lauded Penn's dedication to controlling his weight.
“Like so many of the big guys, you have to keep an eye on it,'' Schiano said. “When we first arrived, his weight was not what we wanted. He's done everything we've asked for in the last year. He's hit all his weights and he's played well, too.''
Early impressions It appears WR Kevin Ogletree, signed as a free agent from Dallas, has lived up to Schiano's expectations.
Ogletree started only two games in four years with the Cowboys, but caught 32 passes for 436 yards and four touchdowns last season in a reserve role, including five receptions in a Week 3 victory against the Bucs.
“When we were investigating wide receivers in free agency, we saw a guy who was productive,'' Schiano said. “When he was in there, we thought he did really good things. He's understanding our scheme and he's a guy we think can help us.''
Coming along Schiano said CB Darrelle Revis continues to progress steadily during his rehab from October knee surgery, but stopped short of guaranteeing Bucs fans will see Revis when training camp opens in two months.
Revis continues to work out separately during offseason practices, under the supervision of trainer Todd Toriscelli.
“He's moving right along, the way Todd wants him to,'' Schiano said. “So far, no setbacks. We'll play (training camp) by ear. At all costs, we'll weigh his health first.''
Extra points Schiano acknowledged S Dashon Goldson did not attend Wednesday's voluntary workout, but declined to elaborate. …Rookie CB Johnthan Banks continues to line up with Tampa Bay's No. 1 defensive unit. …The mandatory minicamp is slated for June 11-13 before players scatter until late July.
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