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ALAMEDA Roberto Luongo 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, 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 Womens Marian Hossa Jersey , going against the first team in the Packers, I thought he did some good things.”

Jacksonville's formula for success was evident in the season opener.

It's relying on their strengths. It's playing to their identity. It's surely not the last time they'll win like that, either.

Sure, the Jaguars would like to have done more offensively in a 20-15 victory at the New York Giants .

But after losing running back Leonard Fournette to a hamstring injury early, being without leading receiver Marqise Lee (knee) and having the starting offensive line together for first the time in a game, the team will gladly take the performance and hope to build on it heading into the home opener against New England (1-0).

"Everybody has a role in how we're supposed to win football games," quarterback Blake Bortles said. "Mine is making sure we're hitting the right run plays, delivering the ball, letting guys make plays, not turning it over and keeping the wheels greased up and spinning."

The Jaguars finished with 305 yards and 13 points offensively, with all of the points coming in the first half.

They really struggled with Fournette in street clothes, converting one third-down play and managing just 91 yards in the second half. It didn't help that Jacksonville finished with 11 penalties for 119 yards.

Coach Doug Marrone defending the play-calling Monday, saying the team didn't get conservative.

"I don't know if that was the way we felt," he said. "It might have been the way it looked. ... I think you have to be able to adjust Ha Ha Clinton-Dix Jersey , depending on what goes on in the game."

Marrone said Fournette's injury is considered minor, but couldn't guarantee he would be ready to play against the Patriots in a rematch of last season's AFC title game.

"If he is ready to go, we will ease him back in there," Marrone said. "We will see how he feels. I think a lot of it depends on that."

Bortles completed 18 of 33 passes for 176 yards, with a touchdown and an interception.

"The only thing I ask of Blake is one thing: I want to win the game," Marrone said. "I don't really ask him to do a lot of other things. We want to make sure we don't turn the ball over, but we talk about that to everybody. That's just not him. He happens to get that speech because he's one of many people who touch the ball. All we're looking for out of him is to win football games."

Jacksonville's defense won this one.

The unit held the Giants to a lone touchdown 鈥?rookie Saquon Barkley's 68-yard TD run in the fourth quarter 鈥?and scored the decisive points when Abry Jones tipped a pass at the line of scrimmage that linebacker Myles Jack caught and returned for a 32-yard score .

"That's the way we like to do it," Jack said. "We feel like we're so talented on defense that we have defensive backs who can score, linebackers who can score and even defensive linemen who can create strip-sack fumbles and score. We don't put any pressure on the offense. If the offense scores, that's even more onus on us. We try to create points."

The Jaguars scored eight touchdowns on defense in 2017, including one in the postseason. Those were key to developing the team's personality, which remains intact this season.

"That's just defense being defense and making plays," linebacker Telvin Smith said.
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