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Bucs waiting for OLT Penn’s best

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Dan Parr

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By Dan Parr

Some Buccaneers observers are saying that OLT Donald Penn is outperforming most of his teammates on the offensive line this season. While that's been true at certain points, we hear that some inside the organization don't think he's played his best yet. Tampa Bay's entire offensive line has struggled at times this season, particularly when it comes to clearing holes for running backs. He certainly hasn't been the Bucs' worst blocker, but Penn, who went undrafted in 2006, is dealing with more scrutiny than ever before after he signed a six-year, $43 million deal just before training camp. One of the main concerns about Penn heading into the season was whether he would avoid putting on weight during the season after having gotten in hot water with the team for doing so last year. His conditioning hasn't drawn any public complaints this season, though, and observers say he hasn't taken his poor performances lightly. We hear they've clearly bothered him.

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