TAMPA — The Bucs made a flurry of moves Monday to fortify their offensive line depth.
Tampa Bay signed former Jaguars offensive tackle Josh Wells and waived tackle Caleb Benenoch.
The Bucs also placed safety Justin Evans on injured reserve. Evans was on the opening day roster and will be eligible to return in eight weeks.
Wells, a six-year veteran, has played 39 games for the Jaguars, including five starts last season. He began his career as an undrafted free agent out of James Madison University in 2015.
Benenoch was a fifth-round pick of the Bucs out of UCLA in 2016. He played in 35 games, starting 22. Last season, Benenoch started all 16 games at right guard. But the Bucs decided to move him to tackle this year where he had been backing up Demar Dotson.
The right guard spot has been taken over by second-year pro Alex Cappa, who was beaten for one of the Bucs three sacks allowed in Sunday’s 31-17 loss to the 49ers.
No corresponding move was announced Monday. Just before the start of the season, the Bucs traded for Steelers tackle Jerald Hawkins.
Benenoch may not have much trouble finding work. Titans general manager Jon Robinson worked for the Bucs when Benenoch was drafted. He also has contacts with coaches like offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter in Atlanta and offensive coordinator Todd Monken in Cleveland.
With the release of Benenoch, the Bucs now have only three players from the 2016 draft on its roster: first-round pick Vernon Hargreaves, fourth-round pick Ryan Smith, who has been suspended for the first four games, and sixth-round pick Devante Bond. Benenoch joins second-round picks Roberto Aguayo (released in 2017) and Noah Spence, who failed to make the 53-man roster this season, as 2016 draftees who didn’t fulfill expectations.
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