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.

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.

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  1. Dotson was not good again I wonder if this is more than a depth signing? Arians isn’t going to be as patient as Koetter was.

    Everyone wants to talk about dumping Winston and that was a really bad game for him but there was a lot of bad play for the blame to go around for sure.

    Evans and White were both not 100%. I saw Winston hold ball too long but rewatching game I don’t see open WR’s on lot plays. Lots things need be cleaned up all around imo or won’t matter who is the QB.

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    • As much heat as Jameis is getting for his less than stellar performance, Dotson cost us 2 TDs. What was that margin of defeat, let’s see…um I believe it was 14 points if I’m not mistaken!

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  2. Horrid display of risk it no biscuit…only way to make it up is beat Carolina

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  3. Justin Evans on IR again is the real story here. It’s amazing you can make a living on IR if you play for the Bucs. If you can’t contribute like JPP, or Evans, or if you just plain suck like Dotson, just move on. I’d cut Dotson after yesterdays game, and play either new guy they signed, or Benenoch. If they can’t play better then Dotson, they shouldn’t be in the NFL, because Dotson sure should be out of the league. I’d also give Cappa a look at RT. He’s built more like a tackle then guard, should’ve given him some reps there in preseason. If Cappa could play RT, move Marpet back to RG, and play Bailey at LG. Of course the best thing they could’ve done was draft Risner, instead of Bunt cake.

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    • That like is for Risner part. I can’t believe we past him up.

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  4. We need to explore all options at right tackle. Dotson is not a starter at this point in his career.

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    • He mentioned recently this is the worst he’s ever felt physically after a training camp. Not surprised if this ends up being his last season. Gotta find a replacement at some point, maybe Wells or Hawkins can be that guy…

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  5. I am more concerned about Justin Evans. Is he another player having a career-ending injury? Will Bucs seriously consider keeping him after the 2nd year on IR?
    I would feel a lot better if Bunting was starting, but that apparently is not in the cards. Hopefully, MJ can transition to Safety. I had high hopes for this Secondary, and Hargraves looked good, maybe Dean will get a shot at nickel.

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    • The secondary looked great compared to the play of LT and RT on the OL.

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  6. I’m only concerned about WINNING. As the great Lombardi once said, everything else is Bulls***! Winning is all that matters. This team has not made the playoffs in almost 12 yrs guys. Every year its a new hype. We learned yesterday Jameis is well on his way to becoming somebody’s career back-up. After this season we need to move on. we also learned when you do not have a pass rush, mediocre QB’s can make you look bad. Again, we drafted for the back end and not the front. It’s like saying I’m going to repair the trunk before the engine. I’m tired of losing guys. We never have any cash to acquire players or are too cheap to do so. Meantime Dallas, NE, and a plethora of contenders do so every yr. I’m sick and tired of losing..You should be also. It’s very hard to be a Bucs fan on Sundays without..getting drunk and numb. When a team travels from Cali to FL and whips you in your stadium? YOU SUCK!!

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    • Preach it man. New coach, new schemes, new staff, new players – same old Winston. How long until the whole locker room turns on him full medal jacket soap in socks style ?

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  7. Justin evans = another 2nd round bust by Licht. Let’s be serious, he wasn’t even that good before he got hurt. Some fans hyped him up due to draft status and a couple of splash plays.

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    • Actually, J Evans was that good prior to his injuries. He showed a lot of potential his rookie year in 2017.

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      • there’s that word, potential. dont mistake that for him actually being good.he was ok for a rookie. now he’s turning into noah spence

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  8. He signed with Jags in 2014 making this his 6th season. Would that not make him a 5 year vet? Asking for a friend!

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  9. Evans is done.

    Very unfortunate.

    He showed some promise, even under Smith’s defense.

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  10. When Licht drafted Evans in the second round, I said the same thing that I said when drafting Bunting in the second round. Who, what, and why?

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  11. J. Evans can salvage his career as a nickel or dime back. But if his injury lingers I do not see him as an every down safety.

    Signing another OL clearly signals to me that the Bucs have seen enough of the “starting five” and that most of them are clearly overpaid.

    Cappa is on a rookie deal and Marpet is the only one earning his keep. In other words the Bucs will have to dump some of the starting OL players in 2020 for cap savings and also improving the line with younger starting talent (eg Dotson and Jensen).

    As for D. Smith I am not convinced he is on the chopping block but I think he has 15 games left to prove he has the feet to be a LT.

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  12. Losing Evans is feeling like Beckwith. Good you talent that is a solid starter. Hope he’s able to come back.

    Tinkering with the roster at this point is just plugging injury holes and trading back-ups. My guess is the O line overhaul starts end of season. I expect Donavan Smith to move to right tackle where should be serviceable, and we’ll end up replacing him on theft side and then adding a guard as well. Such a mess.

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    • Best case scenario is the Bucs have to only worry about center and LT for 2020 if D. Smith flips to RT. With the cap savings of releasing Dotson and Jensen that is more than enough to find a cheaper veteran center and with leftover cap savings for a decent vet guard to compete at RG or even as depth. LT is trickier in that the Bucs have to be serious for a change and invest a draft choice there.

      But since Cappa will have a year to audition for RG I think he might turn out okay. Cappa on his rookie deal and playing better would help a lot so the Bucs can use the cap money elsewhere on the team (eg pass rushers).

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    • Agree: Evans and Beckwith were solid picks. Unfortunately, health is an issue.

      They are not the first nor last in the NFL to have unfilled promise.

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      • I’m a pretty harsh critic of Jason Licht. These two guys were two of the good ones he gets credit for in my book.

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