Scout Analysis: G Dan Buenning

The Chicago Bears could not head into Week 1 with only six healthy offensive linemen, so Tuesday they traded a pick to Tampa Bay for guard Dan Buenning. What does Buenning bring to the table? Bear Report consults with Buccaneers expert Matthew Postins for some insider analysis.

G Dan Buenning (6-4, 320)

Strengths: A solid run blocker who excelled at leading run plays to the left side during his rookie season in 2005. Proved capable of making the move to center after losing the left guard job in 2006.

Weaknesses: Couldn't stay healthy in 2006, leading to him losing his starting job and the Bucs selecting Arron Sears from Tennessee the following April. Less skilled in pass protection than the Bucs would have liked.

G Dan Buenning
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Postins Says: The Bucs actually did themselves a favor by getting rid of Buenning in his contract year. At least they got something for him. His injury woes in 2006 really set him back. I was never really sold on Tampa Bay using Buenning as a center, and if they were going to do it this was the year after they allowed John Wade to test free agency. But when they signed Jeff Faine to big money, Buenning's days were numbered. He's good depth, but that's about it.

JC's Take: It appears that Buenning was a pretty good player right out of the shoot as a rookie, but injuries have slowed him down and ultimately made him expendable with the Buccaneers. Expendable or not, he's got a chance to step into the starting lineup with the Bears at left guard sooner than later because neither Terrence Metcalf nor Josh Beekman has claimed the job as his own. Metcalf was having a poor training camp before a knee scope cost him the entire preseason, while Beekman is the likely starter in Week 1 at Indianapolis almost solely by default.

It will take a little time before Buenning is familiar enough with the playbook and the protections, although Jon Gruden's offense in Tampa Bay is somewhat similar to what Ron Turner likes to run here in Chicago – perhaps Buenning's learning curve won't be so steep.

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