Make us your home page
Instagram

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Tampa Bay Buccaneers' Donald Penn will be charged with slowing Minnesota Vikings' Jared Allen

TAMPA — Plenty has changed since LT Donald Penn began his career as an undrafted free agent on the Vikings' practice squad five years ago.

But Penn, coming off his first Pro Bowl season, said one thing remains the same as he prepares for his first game in Minnesota since the Bucs signed him in October 2006.

"I still have a chip on my shoulder," he said.

Penn also will have a large responsibility on his shoulders, charged with slowing down Vikings three-time Pro Bowl DE Jared Allen. Since entering the league in 2004, Allen has 83½ sacks, tops among all players during that time frame.

"He's a game-changer," Penn said. "I've just got to try to play as well as the last time I played him."

In that matchup on Nov. 16, 2008, Penn held Allen sackless in a 19-13 Tampa Bay victory.

"It was a physical battle," said Allen, who had a half-sack in Sunday's loss to the Chargers. "I was fresh off a busted-up shoulder, and I felt it. I'll never forget that game."

While Penn said he's a "totally different player" and more technically sound than he was then, he pointed out Allen is a very smart player, one who studies his opponents meticulously. And with the crazed crowd under the dome at Mall of America Field, the noise can give Allen an advantage, meaning Penn will have to anticipate the silent count.

"I really do think it plays a big, big factor in Allen's game at home because it's hard for a tackle to hear," Penn said. "If a tackle gets off a second late, a second means a lot in this league."

Allen won't have his line partner, DT Kevin Williams (49½ career sacks), who will be serving the final game of his two-game suspension for violating the league's performance-enhancing drug policy. But Allen is excited for the challenge of facing Penn. "It should be fun. He's a good player," Allen said. "Hopefully, we can get a few one-on-one looks and have some fun with it."

TALKING TALIB: CB Aqib Talib, who on Sunday played his first game since Dec. 5, said he came out of it feeling good physically after battling hamstring issues all preseason.

"I'm good. I'm 100 percent," Talib said.

As for Talib's anticipated matchup with Lions WR Calvin Johnson, which Talib had said he couldn't wait for, he knew things could have gone better in the Bucs' 27-20 loss.

Johnson racked up six catches for 88 yards and two touchdowns, both on balls that were just over the outstretched hands of Talib. On the first one, S Sean Jones said he should have been on the backside helping out.

Talib did have an interception return for a touchdown.

"It went all right," he said. "I'm going up against one of the best receivers in the league. I got my seven (points). He got 14. You never want to give that up, but it's last week. We're focused on Minnesota."

HIGH PRAISE: Vikings coach Leslie Frazier said he sees a lot of potential in the Bucs' young defensive line. "We've been really impressed," he said. "They've got some young talent. Guys are really flying around; good speed as well. I think the future is bright for the Buccaneers. … Their defensive front is going to be one to be reckoned with in time."

GOING LONG: The team waived LS Christian Yount and replaced him with Scott Albritton. Albritton went undrafted in April, then was among the final cuts by the Texans. It also added LB Ross Homan to the practice squad and released LB Derrell Smith.

Joe Smith can be reached at joesmith@sptimes.com

Among the best in getting to QBs

Vikings defensive end Jared Allen has the most sacks of any player since 2004, when he entered the league. Where he stands among active players:

PlayerNo.
Jason Taylor, Mia.1321/2
John Abraham, Atl.1041/2
Joey Porter, Ari.98
Dwight Freeney, Ind.94
Julius Peppers, Chi.91
Jared Allen, Min.83½
DeMarcus Ware, Dal.82
Robert Mathis, Ind.75
Shaun Ellis, NE721/2
Terrell Suggs, Bal.711/2

Source: Pro-football-reference.com

Tampa Bay Buccaneers' Donald Penn will be charged with slowing Minnesota Vikings' Jared Allen 09/14/11 [Last modified: Wednesday, September 14, 2011 10:59pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. College World Series: Gators, LSU face off in all-SEC finals

    College

    OMAHA, Neb. — The matchup for the College World Series finals bolsters the case for those who say the best baseball in the land is played in the SEC.

    Florida’s Brady Singer, delivering during a CWS win over Louisville last week, is scheduled to start tonight against LSU.
  2. Jones: Fox Sports Sun shows depth in Rays coverage

    TV and Radio

    tom jones' two cents

    Tampa Bay Times columnist Tom Jones looks back at the best and worst from a weekend of televised sports.

    Best coverage

    Tampa Bay Rays third baseman Evan Longoria (3) makes a run home for a score in the in the final game of a three-game series between the Tampa Bay Rays and AL East rival the Baltimore Orioles at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. on Sunday, June 25, 2017.
  3. Brian Boyle says returning to Lightning a 'huge option'

    Blogs

    As former Lightning forward Brian Boyle approaches free agency this week, he said he's trying to stay busy.

  4. Rays journal: Blake Snell to rejoin rotation, Erasmo Ramirez heads to bullpen

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — LHP Blake Snell is rejoining the Rays' rotation, but the move has as much to do with helping the bullpen as it does with Snell's improvement during his time at Triple-A Durham.

    Tampa Bay Rays relief pitcher Erasmo Ramirez (30) delivers a pitch in the first inning against the Cincinnati Reds Wednesday, June 21, 2017 in St. Petersburg.
  5. Rays' bullpen stars lit up in loss to Orioles

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — Saturday it was the soft underbelly of the bullpen that let one get away from the Rays, incurring the wrath of the team's faithful followers, who wondered why the high-leverage guys weren't pitching.

    Rays closer Alex Colome, coming in with the score tied in the ninth, allows three runs in his second straight poor outing.