3 stats to know about Chicago Bears new addition Dan Feeney

Dan Feeney is a fit for the Chicago Bears, but they can only trust him for so long

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1. The Chicago Bears should not want Dan Feeney in the long term plans

It should be noted that Dan Feeney had his best play at center. In 2017, his pass block efficiency rating was 96.9. Then, it dropped to 93.7 and 94.9 after teams started to get more tape and an understanding of his strengths and weaknesses.

Still, once he got to play center, his efficiency rating went back to 95.1. That is an improvement. He was also best in 2021 at center. That shows that he can play center, but the Chicago Bears had better hope that is a short-term option.

As we noted, there is a reason he has seven starts over the past two years. There is also a reason that after he got 16 games starting at center, the best play of his recent career, he still had to sign with the Jets as a backup. The Chargers were ready to upgrade, and the Jets viewed him as a backup center.

That is how the Chicago Bears have to view him. This is a small upgrade over Sam Mustipher. The team has to be trying to push him back out of the starting lineup as soon as they can get healthy.

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Because he can play both guard spots as well as center, he has more value on the roster than someone like Alex Leatherwood, but this is not a move that is going to save the season.