Hardy “Respect” For Donald PennJanuary 24th, 2014
Loyal JoeBucsFan.com readers know Joe isn’t in the camp of Bucs fans that wants to dump Donald Penn.
At worst, Penn is an average starting left tackle. His paycheck reads like that of an average starter at his position, and he’s extraordinarily durable and he’s a leader. Yet this is a guy some Bucs fans want to run out of town?
So in the spirit of all things Penn, Joe had his team of reporters at the Pro Bowl ask Panthers stud defensive end to share a bit of a scouting report on Penn. Hardy could have said little or nothing but instead chose to praise the Bucs’ ironman.
JoeBucsFan.com: Some Bucs fans think Donald Penn is washed up. What would you say to them?
Greg Hardy: He’s athletic, man, He’s got the size. He’s got the mobility. And he’s got the years. It’s been a lot, a lot, a lot of good battles between me and him over the years. So respect to him definitely.
Joe: So what’s his biggest strength compared to other left tackles?
Hardy: Just the combination of size and mobility put together, man. You don’t get a lot of guys that size at tackle in general. And especially a lot of guys at that size that can move and kick back with guys like me for four quarters. Because I promise you it’s rough.
So there you go, another voice in Penn’s corner, speaking with ease about Penn’s hefty upside. Joe suspects Lovie Smith won’t look at Penn and see anything but an asset.