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Caleb Benenoch, Leonard Wester competing for Bucs' No. 3 tackle job

Caleb Benenoch, a fifth-round pick out of UCLA last year, got second-team reps at left tackle on Wednesday. [LOREN ELLIOTT | Times]
Caleb Benenoch, a fifth-round pick out of UCLA last year, got second-team reps at left tackle on Wednesday. [LOREN ELLIOTT | Times]
Published Aug. 2, 2017

The Bucs have three offensive tackles dress for each game, and while Donovan Smith and Demar Dotson are locked in as starters at left and right tackle, the "swing tackle," tasked with backing up both spots, is emerging as a key battle between second-year pros Caleb Benenoch and Leonard Wester.

Benenoch, a fifth-round pick out of UCLA last year, got second-team reps at left tackle on Wednesday, a spot that Wester had handled for the first five practices of training camp. Wester worked as the second-string right tackle Wednesday, even filling in briefly for Dotson with the first unit late in the practice.

"We're rotating every couple of days," coach Dirk Koetter said after practice. "We're rotating Benenoch and Wester. When you get in a game, you'll probably only have three tackles up. So that means that swing tackle has to be able to play both sides."

Benenoch got a start at guard in his NFL debut against Chicago last year amid injuries, playing briefly in four other games. Wester played in three games, filling in as the sixth offensive lineman or "jumbo" tight end when Dotson was injured and Gosder Cherilus was starting in his place.

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