The New Orleans Saints spent the 19th pick of the 2022 NFL Draft on Northern Iowa offensive tackle Trevor Penning. So far through two seasons, Penning has not played well but Saints assistant GM Jeff Ireland spoke about him to the media on Tuesday and said the organization is not giving up on the UNI product.
This isn't what Saints fans were wanting to hear since Penning has been pretty lousy since entering the league in 2022. His career started out with a fight in training camp and then he went on to spend most of his rookie campaign being injured.
In year two, Penning played minimally and when he was on the field, he was getting pushed around.
Jeff Ireland says the Saints aren't giving up on Trevor Penning
The good news is that Ireland said the team is still looking to add more offensive linemen. PFF ranked the Saints at 23rd in their offensive line rankings and noted how much of a disappointment Penning was noting that "Penning allowed 21 quarterback pressures, including four sacks, in those six games."
If the Saints want Derek Carr to have a bounceback year in 2024, they need to get a better unit protecting him. This will be tricky considering they're in cap hell but we've seen this team kick the can down the road before. Maybe they do it again this time around and bring in some solid OL talent.
Penning hasn't panned out so far but year three is do or die for the former first-round pick. If he disappoints again, it'll for sure be time to turn the page on the Trevor Penning experiment.