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ALAMEDA Rodney Hudson Jersey , Calif. (AP) — Donald Penn acknowledged being a big rusty when he got his first game action in more than nine months at an unfamiliar position.

He was beaten for a sack on the opening drive for the Oakland Raiders and allowed a few other pressures in his first NFL start at right tackle after 170 games and three Pro Bowl selections on the left side.

“I was excited to get out there and try it out live,” Penn said. “It’s a different speed in practice than it is in the game. I wish I could have done some things a lot better than I did. I saw some things that I need to fix and some things I need to work on. The biggest part of it was just trying to build up my confidence, trying to get some confidence in this foot, pushing off on it and planting and sustaining against other big guys going into me. That was the biggest part.”

The 35-year-old Penn had not played a game since Dec. 15 when he injured his right foot in a game, leading to a season-ending surgery. Penn missed the entire offseason program and watched as the Raiders planned for life after he’s done by drafting Kolton Miller in the first round to be the team’s long-term left tackle.

Penn started training camp on the physically unable to perform list and took a pay cut for this season before being activated two weeks ago. He was then immediately moved to the right side, where he had played only 24 career snaps in an emergency back in the 2016 opener.

Penn said he’s still getting used to the switch, which he has equated to learning how to write with the opposite hand. Penn has spent extra time on the practice field since coming back from the injury and vows to be ready for the season opener Sept. 10, against the Los Angeles Rams.

He said he’s even open to playing the exhibition finale on Thursday night at Seattle just to get more work even though the rest of the starting offense is expected to sit out.

“The biggest thing I need from myself is just more repetition Laurent Duvernay-Tardif Jersey , just more practice,” he said. “The good thing is, time is on my side. I have time to get this stuff fixed, time to get more comfortable over there and get a better feel on that side and the different mechanics and techniques over there. That’s one thing I’m happy about is that time is on my side.”

Penn showed he still needs some work after getting 20 snaps in the exhibition game against Green Bay.

Oakland’s opening drive that game stalled when Packers linebacker Reggie Gilbert bull-rushed Penn and knocked him into quarterback Derek Carr, forcing a fumble that the Raiders recovered. That turned a possible touchdown into a field goal.

Penn was beaten a couple other times but coach Jon Gruden said he was pleased with the overall play.

“I’m sure people will point to that and say it wasn’t a good performance,” Gruden said. “But I thought for his first time back on the field in a long time, going against the first team in the Packers, I thought he did some good things.”

New Orleans Saints No. 1 draft choice Marcus Davenport will undergo minor thumb surgery now that the team has completed its mini-camp.

But the lingering injury didn't prevent him from demonstrating the skills that led the organization to pay a high price to acquire him. Davenport Andrus Peat Jersey , a defensive end from Texas-San Antonio, is expected to be ready to go when the team reconvenes for the start of training camp in late July.

"He's explosive. He can run. He's got a quick twitch," Saints defensive line coach Ryan Nielsen said. "All the stuff you saw on his college tape and everything he did at the combine. He's every bit as explosive. He's a good athlete, bends well. You can really see that on tape."

New Orleans saw enough of Davenport (6-foot-6, 265 pounds) before the draft to trade next year's No. 1 pick and a No. 5 this year to the Green Bay Packers to move up 13 spots to select him.

"Man, he is big and he's long," Saints head coach Sean Payton said. "He's a tremendous worker. He is coming along really well. There is a strength element you feel and you saw it when he played (in college). And now he is really working on his pass rush, working on his pass rush plan and developing the three different pitches he needs to be effective when it is not just playing the run."

New Orleans hopes the addition of Davenport will continue the defensive improvement the Saints showed last season. The Saints allowed 40 fewer yards per game Adarius Glanton Jersey , 50 fewer passing yards and eight fewer points in 2017 compared to 2016. Additionally their sacks increased from 30 to 42 as the team improved from a 7-9 record to 11-5 and an NFC South title.

"I see a guy who has all the qualities you're looking for in a right defensive end," defensive coordinator Dennis Allen said. "I think the one thing that really stood out to us throughout the draft process was his ability to rush the passer. He's got the size, he's got the length, he's got the athletic ability."

Nielsen said he has been impressed by more than Davenport's athleticism.

"I didn't realize that he was a 3.8 student in college," Nielsen said. "He picked things up really quickly in terms of the scheme and where to align. He's a rookie and made a couple of mistakes, but still he's really picked it up. He's a very intelligent player so it was easy. It's good when you can put in a lot of stuff and they can pick it up pretty easily."

Davenport had been practicing with the thumb injury until leaving practice early Tuesday. It was unclear if his departure was related to the thumb injury, and Davenport sat out practice Wednesday. Payton canceled the final practice Thursday and said Davenport could have surgery as early as Friday.

The Saints expect Davenport to be a complement to Pro Bowl left end Cameron Jordan, who missed OTAs while recovering from offseason foot surgery and was excused from mini-camp because his wife was having a baby. Incumbent right end Alex Okafor has been limited while recovering from a torn Achilles suffered last season.

Their absence has allowed Davenport to get additional work Reggie White Jersey , especially with the first team.

"We're just working on everything right now -- pass rush, runs, stunts -- everything to make him a well-rounded, complete player with all the fundamentals," Nielsen said. "It boosts the rotation. You've got another good player out there. It's going to help us across the line."

Davenport showed the athleticism that enabled him to play wide receiver early in his high-school career.

"Even when I was playing receiver I gravitated toward defensive ends," Davenport said. "I always thought they were big and fast and when you sack the quarterback it's a big deal.

"I thought it was a cool concept. But when I first got (to Texas-San Antonio) I was there to catch balls and score touchdowns. Things change."

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