Donald Penn: Pro Bowl Tackle, Punt ReturnerJune 14th, 2012
It was a very abbreviated final day of minicamp practice at One Buc Palace today, thanks to Donald Penn’s punt returning ability.
OK, the not so svelte Pro Bowl left tackle didn’t actually return a punt. But he did catch a punt, with zero warning from the new Bucs coach.
The reward? Practice, and minicamp, was over.
Not even Penn knew why he was chosen for such an honor, learning of his task roughly an hour into practice.
“I guess because I’m always talking,” Penn joked.
It was a welcome relief to the Bucs players who celebrated as if they received word Rachel Watson was now single and free beer was on tap.
It was sort of a reward by Schiano who praised the Bucs for an intense minicamp, which was seconded by Penn himself. Schiano “wanted the intensity level to be this high,” Penn said, raising his right hand. “And it stayed there.”
As for catching the punt from a Jugs gun, Penn was confident he would catch it, and bragged the result would have been the same if Michael Koenen was punting instead.