The Bucs continue to add depth on their offensive line as they have signed offensive tackle Josh Wells on Monday, per Greg Auman of The Athletic.
Bucs are signing former Jaguars offensive tackle Josh Wells. Another tweak to offensive line depth …
— Greg Auman (@gregauman) September 9, 2019
Wells is a six-year veteran who has spent all of his career with the Jacksonville Jaguars up until this signing. Wells signed with Jacksonville as an undrafted free agent out of James Madison University in 2015. He was released in the final rounds of roster cuts before the regular season, but previously played in 39 games for the Jaguars, including five starts last season.
With Donovan Smith and Demar Dotson set in place as the starting tackles, Wells should be in contention for the backup tackle roles with Caleb Benenoch and Jerald Hawkins.
In order to make room for Wells on the 53-man roster, the Bucs have put safety Justin Evans on IR, Auman also reported.
After ending his season on IR in 2018 after week 13 with a foot injury, Evans had missed all of OTAs and training camp while recovering from that same issue. Evans was finally able to come back to practice days before the Bucs’ final preseason game, but before the game he had an Achilles injury and has been out ever since.
Evans will be able to return after eight weeks should he be healthy enough.