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Bucs tackle Leonard Wester holds his own in first start

Leonard Wester played all 67 offensive snaps in Sunday's win over the Panthers

Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Chris Godwin (12) celebrates with Tampa Bay Buccaneers offensive tackle Leonard Wester (61) after scoring a touchdown during the second quarter of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers game against the Carolina Panthers at Raymond James Stadium on December 2, 2018. [MONICA HERNDON | Times]
Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Chris Godwin (12) celebrates with Tampa Bay Buccaneers offensive tackle Leonard Wester (61) after scoring a touchdown during the second quarter of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers game against the Carolina Panthers at Raymond James Stadium on December 2, 2018. [MONICA HERNDON | Times]
Published Dec. 3, 2018

TAMPA — Bucs coach Dirk Koetter was pleased with right tackle Leonard Wester, who played every down in his first NFL start Sunday.

"Really well, really well," Koetter said. "Just in the first series alone he went against three different defensive ends."

Wester started for injured tackle Demar Dotson and his performance might have gotten lost in the fact that other players also performed well filling in.

But quarterback Jameis Winston often scrambles to his right when he's buying time, so protection on that right side is important. On Winston's touchdown pass to Chris Godwin, Wester made a key block to open up the right side for Winston to step that way and place a pass to Godwin near the right corner of the end zone.

Wester, a third-year pro, played 67 offensive snaps, the most he's every played in an NFL game. He logged 46 snaps last week when Dotson was hurt. Before that, Wester hadn't played more than six snaps in a game this season.

Contact Eduardo A. Encina at eencina@tampabay.com. Follow @EddieInTheYard.