ALAMEDA – Donald Penn played 17 snapshots during the Friday's show against the Green Bay Packers, passed 10 times and helped seven others.
He watched these efforts and did not like what he saw. It certainly did not meet Penn's high standard, nor was he expected to play a new position in his first game after a foot operation.
"I looked rusty," Penn Montag said. "I have a lot of work ahead of me, I knew I would get into this game, and I know it's going to be this week, I knew it would be difficult to get into the game, I was excited, it was I wish I could have done some things much better than I. I saw some things that I had to fix and work on. "
It was not all bad, with reasons for optimism and smoother play in the future.
Testing a foot that underwent a Lisfranc operation last December was the first order of the business. Penn left the field more confident that his foot could withstand a physical game and help him plan and swing heavily.
The technical stuff? Penn can work on it and has gone to great lengths to staple properly.
"As a left tackle, I have a sweet rhythm over there," Penn said. "I just get into that attitude and I'll show you exactly how it's done, I'm just trying to find that rhythm in the right attack, it will come with time and repetition, I tell my guy to make every repetition hard, because I the time I have, the more comfortable and self-confident I will be. "
While Penny is on the right and Kolton Miller remains on the left, an experiment remains that Raiders are confident it works out. Gruden is confident that Miller will start on the left and hopes that Penn can stay to the right.
"I thought back to the field for a long time for his first time back," said Gruden, "against the first team in the Packers, I thought he had done some good things."
Harris wins return job [1
Harris had not played the game since last October before acting against Green Bay. His broken foot was healed and did not ease the high speed he flashed a few times on Friday night.
"It was nice to shake off the cobwebs and look for them and do what I do best," Harris said. "No job is safe, but I came out here and did what they expected me to do."
Nugent could be in week 1
Raiders rookie kicker Eddy Piñeiro remains behind with a groin injury, leaving Mike Nugent in control of his responsibilities in the last two games. Gruden admitted that it is possible that Nugent will play this role to start the season, questioning Piñeiro's status.
"It's possible, very possible," Gruden said. "He's been 80 percent kicker for 13 years, I do not know what the exact percentage is, but he's a good kicker, he's been a good kicker for a long time, you do not do it in this business unless you are has the mental strength, the reliability to overcome a bad game or a bad kick, and right now he is the leader in the clubhouse because Eddy is not healthy. "