Raiders OC Greg Olson says Donald Penn has ‘looked very natural’ at right tackle Switching from left tackle to right tackle is not as easy as one might think. It is more similar to writing left-handed after decades of writing with the right hand. Not an easy task for most of us. When a player switches sides http://www.raiderscheapshops.com/cheap-authentic-jared-cook-jersey , his lineup and footwork have to be done in a completely opposite manner. At the moment, Oakland Raiders tackle Donald Penn, who spent his first 12 seasons at left tackle, is now making a switch to the right side. It’s a switch Penn initially said was “Very backward” and he felt “very awkward and rusty” when he first lined up there a week ago.But according to his offensive coordinator, there doesn’t seem to be too steep of a learning curve for Penn.“He’s had a good week,” Greg Olson said. “He really looked very natural from the first day we put him out there. That was extremely encouraging because he hasn’t played that position throughout his career, but he looked very natural there.”If Raider Nation has a good memory, this isn’t the first time Penn had to line up on the right side. Two seasons ago, against the New Orleans Saints in Week 1 Gabe Jackson Jersey , Menelik Watson left the game with an injury, then Matt McCants was carted off the field and Austin Howard was inactive due to injury forcing Penn to play on the right side while Kelechi Osemele moved to left tackle. During the period in which Penn lined up on Oakland’s right side, the Raiders completed a miraculous comeback which included the amazing game-winning two-point conversion with Derek Carr and Michael Crabtree to begin 2016’s amazing regular season run. The transition to the right side is not the only battle that confronts Penn. He still has to get back in shape and shake the cobwebs since his foot injury. “I think we still have to get [Penn] in shape,” Olson said. “He’s been working out here after practice. I think our training staff and strength staff has been doing a good job with that. Just getting himself game ready. It’s been a long time since Donald has played a game. It’s been a long time since he’s been able to practice a full practice. This week’s been a lot about conditioning. He’s having to play himself into shape. I think Tom Cable has also done a good job of monitoring that and monitoring his conditioning up to this point. As far as playing the position, again, he looked very comfortable there.”There’s no indication yet that this alignment will be the alignment into the regular season. There are still two preseason games to help decide that. If so, it’s something Penn says he’s open to and could help solve the issue the Raiders have at right tackle at least for this season. Josh Dobbs is good with numbers.Look no further than his aerospace engineering degree as proof.Still, the Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback isn't in the mood to do the math heading into his team's final preseason game on Thursday night against Carolina.The Steelers have four quarterbacks under contract. The odds of there being four on the roster when they head to Cleveland to get things going for real on Sept. 9 are slim.Very slim.Ben Roethlisberger has the starting job until he doesn't want it anymore. Landry Jones is a capable backup. The Steelers used a third-round pick on Mason Rudolph in April. That leaves Dobbs — a fourth-round pick in 2017 — as seemingly the one most likely to be elsewhere come September. He insists he's not worried about the future."I think that's something that you guys (the media) like to play with," Dobbs said. "But for me I just play football. I can't control a lot of things. I can control how I approach every day and how I practice and how I play."And Dobbs has taken significant strides in his second camp. The game has slowed down and his decision-making has sped up. He's thrown for a team-high three touchdowns during the preseason while completing 68 percent of his passes."Last year (as a rookie) when you break the huddle Cheap Derek Carr Jersey , you're trying to figure out your eyes, figure out what you're trying to do, to make sure you say the play right in the huddle and then get to the line of scrimmage, read, react and play football," Dobbs said."Now you know how each play is trying to attack the defense, where you want to go with the ball and if they give you an obscure look you know how to get your team in good plays."Dobbs has also become more patient in letting a play develop instead of just taking off at the first hint of trouble."Now when he's running, he's running at the right time," Jones said.Coach Mike Tomlin didn't immediately rule out the Steelers holding onto all four quarterbacks past cut-down day on Saturday when rosters are pared from 90 to 53."You are certainly capable of it Rodney Hudson Jersey ," Tomlin said. "If you look at what happens in the National Football League it has been done. In today's NFL, two are probably kept more times than four so it's probably less frequent than two at this juncture."Cutting Dobbs outright and hoping to stash him on the practice squad seems unlikely. He's shown enough flashes that he would almost certainly be picked up on the waiver wire. The Steelers, who have depth concerns at offensive line and tight end, could also hold on to Dobbs then deal him before the opener.Dobbs will do his best to drown out the noise and focus on putting what he can on tape that will serve as his resume to hold on to the job he has in Pittsburgh or to find one elsewhere."I think I've performed well," he said. "I know that ultimate decision isn't in my hands ... I'll (play) however long they want me. I'll take advantage of all the reps, I tell you that."While Dobbs and dozens of other players try to make one last impression in Pittsburgh, newly acquired wide receiver Ryan Switzer will try to make his first.The Steelers acquired Switzer from Oakland on Monday. He arrived in Pittsburgh early Tuesday, practiced that afternoon and Thursday night will find himself returning kicks and possibly even getting in for an offensive snap or two."I know the return game is going to be something I can pick up quicker," Switzer said. "I'm going to try and dive into the offensive playbook and find my niche there."The Steelers have no plans to have All-Pro wide receiver Antonio Brown to return punts but no heir apparent came to the fore during training camp. Enter Switzer http://www.raiderscheapshops.com/cheap-authentic-tahir-whitehead-jersey , who averaged 8.8 yards per punt return while playing for Dallas as a rookie in 2017.Switzer is well acquainted with Heinz Field. The Charleston, West Virginia, native managed to get on the field for a competition as a kid then starred for North Carolina in two trips to Pittsburgh to face the Panthers. He returned nine kicks (seven punts, two kickoffs) for touchdowns for the Tar Heels. After being traded twice in five months, he's ready for a chance to exhale and just go play."Hopefully I can get back to what I was doing in college and things that made me the player that I am," he said.
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