Following their Week 1 loss to the San Francisco 49ers, the Bucs have made some moves along their offensive line.

One of those moves was signing former Jaguars lineman Josh Wells, and another, as NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport has reported, is waiving reserve offensive lineman Caleb Benenoch.

Benenoch was drafted by the Buccaneers in the fifth round of the 2016 NFL Draft. He was mainly used as a right guard, starting 16 games there in 2018. But he was not able to keep that starting spot going into 2019, and as a result the team is now moving on.

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Trevor Sikkema is the Tampa Bay Buccaneers beat reporter and NFL Draft analyst for PewterReport.com. Sikkema, an alumnus of the University of Florida, has covered both college and professional football for much of his career. As a native of the Sunshine State, when he's not buried in social media, Sikkema can be found out and active, attempting to be the best athlete he never was. Sikkema can be reached at: [email protected]

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  1. Not surprising, but Dare should be right behind him.

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  2. Benenoch sucks, but at least he’s younger then Dotson who also sucks.

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  3. This was his third coaching staff no wonder he couldn’t improve. I’m not sure if his career was over yet because it was potential there; just not with the box.

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  4. About damn time. One turnstile is gone.

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  5. My faults for not looking at what I talked in. Last word is Bucs

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  6. So much for all those trade calls Licht was supposedly getting for Benenoch just a couple of weeks ago….

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  7. Give Licht some credit for recognizing that Benenoch was never going to be talented enough and doing something about it. I kind of laughed at, “He should generate real interest.” Sure.

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    • Licht said he was turning down draft picks for Benenoch a few weeks ago now he’s cut. And you say good job Licht lol yea for drafting a bust and apparently being dumb enough to hold him when u got offered anything of value. Oh how lucky we are lol

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      • Arians doesn’t agree with Licht because he cut him. Arians is in charge now.

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  8. the first casualty from yesterday’s loss.

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  9. You know what? I could care less. You know why? Cuz I’m at Yeoman’s, proud sponsor of the Pewter Report and the news about our Offensive Offensive Line. I had the Fish N Chips and the lovely lady had something from their Mac n cheese menu….which is quite impressive. I had the Cod, which was quite fishy, but could probably hold a block better that Benenoch. The adult beverage menu was good too….worthy of drowning Buc sorrows. So, yeah, Yeomans is a real place. I’m here at the Margaritaville (Kissimmee) location. Cheers!

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  10. Listen my only disappointment with this move is that it should’ve happened last year! I’m just saying…

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  11. So, has Licht finally admitted that maybe – at least as far as RG goes – that last year was actually a talent problem? Will he admit to any further talent deficiencies he has caused?

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  12. Its about time.

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  13. Now move on out on Dot… he clearly has aged out and knees are shot. Really he’s just taking up a roster spot for a youngrier, cheaper just coming up OLineman with some upside potential. His NFL days are numbered!

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  14. Lastly, the Bucs must address the elephant in the room. LT D. Smith a veteran of 5 years now. Pay exceeds production. He is a serviceable OLineman…in fact I’d move him to the other side of the ball to shore up Cappa. The Bucs SHOULD desire a better athlete/player at the very important LT position. Open the wallet and improve the talent. Now… with these moves you have alleviated yourself of almost all dead weight that needs tending too on the Oline.

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  15. That 2016 draft is now almost a complete bust.
    Spence Arroyo and now Bennonoch., all gone.
    Arians may say the Oline played okay yesterday but you can tell he is looking for something since the last two acquisitions have been O lineman.
    I know the favorite whipping boy is now Dot but I’m still looking to see where Dot held on those two plays. My eyes are getting wezry.

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    • His hands were outside the shoulders on several plays. If you’re protecting the QB, you can sometimes get away with that, but never when you are blocking for a runner.

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  16. OL is one of the top issues with the team IMO.

    Not surprising the Bucs are looking at cheaper and younger OT options. If Dot struggles I can see Hawkins or Wells coming in.

    Major cap savings for 2020 by moving on from Dotson, D. Smith and Jensen. Too much money invested in the o-line for mediocre results.

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    • Moving on from Donovan at some point this season or even next would not be a good cap move. A TON of his contract is guaranteed. Jensen, on the other hand, after this season we owe him nothing.

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      • Yeah in 2020 D. Smith would have a net $0 dollar cap savings if cut. But in 2021 that changes as that is the last year in the deal.

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  17. Problem with Benenoch was he lacked the balance to be a tackle and lacked the core power in his torso and legs to be a guard. Can’t be an NFL OL with such poor balance. And didn’t help he didn’t understand the technique and nuance of hand placement. Benenoch was top dominating HS recruit but that was due to his sheer talent which he never really progressed at the collegiate or pro level.

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  18. With Benenoch waived, Josh Wells signed, and Justin Evans going on IR, that leaves an open roster spot which I’ve been told will be filled tomorrow morning. I have no idea who or what position will be added. Go Bucs!

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  19. Need Safety who can dominate play, but we didnt go after any Safety that meets those objectives in offseason? Guess will pick up a backup Safety tomorrow. D Stewart average, NOT starter quality. Maybe BUCS pick up Delpit from LSU next year. Unbelievable how short on Big time DBs after all draft capital on DBs past three years. oh sorry, will have to spend on a real franchise QB with first pic next year.

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  20. Pats cut Safety- Obi Melifonwu, a 2017 or 18 2nd rd pic. Maybe scoop in and pick up? Dont know if any good?

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    • He didn’t live up to his draft and senior bowl hype.

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  21. Bucs are better off sticking with the safeties they have. At this point throwing more draft picks at the back end doesn’t make sense. Bucs obviously need more young trench (OL and DL) players to be drafted and young pass rushers.

    Bucs are the 2nd youngest team in the NFL but unfortunately a lot of money is tied up with the OL which I think should change with the next off season IMO.

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    • Ironic how so much money is tied up in the worst part of the team. At least they’re trying to address it now but may be too little too late.

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  22. if the bucs team chef can beef mark cook up a bit, we can throw him in the mix too…

    #KnockOnWoodIfYoureWithMe

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  23. Let me see if I understand the Bucs. Last year our defense was horrible, especially the DBs and pass defense. But we had a great offense except we couldn’t run the ball.
    Nine months later, with mostly the same players, we have a strong defense, especially the pass defense and the DBs. Meanwhile, the offense sucks except for the running game. Huh!? WTF! Someone please explain this!
    When will these bozos put together a complete game?
    Johnny Carson was right.

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    • And the youngsters are saying, “Johnny Who?

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      • Yep. LOL

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  24. Drd…trying to see where Dotson held on those plays?? First one was ticky tack, but the second one? He had that cat in a bear hug. Lol Dotson didn’t play all that bad, just the two TDS in a row brought back, made his day look worse. Smith was his typical “Olay” self, and Cappa…man don’t let me get started on him. He is NOT an NFL lineman. How much more proof does anyone need? He was mostly overwhelmed all day, just like every other time we have seen him play. He should go the way of Benenoch soon, who is also NOT an NFL lineman. As well as Licht who is NOT…. Winston who… You get the picture. We aren’t very good. I’m still a firm believer that defense wins championships though, and that side of the ball seems to be getting better, in spite of Licht’s 2019 illustrious draft.

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    • What Buc fan that has been watching this team play for years and watched Sunday’s game, could possibly give my last post a thumbs down? Was that you Jason? Lol want more? On a team that has been this bad, a top 40 pick…as in one of the best 40 players in all of college football, should be “insert starter here.” Edwards…I forgot he was on the field until the end of the third quarter or something, when he finally made a play. Not to say he’s not going to be a good player. I think White will be good too, but he’s not ready to play either. So….in any other NFL city in America…if you have 8 picks in a draft, and your team was 5-11, 5-11, two years in a row, and a kicker is the only game changer you got out of that draft, would heads not roll? Lol Just saying. Did anyone watch the Texans/Saints game last night? If anyone thinks this team is even on the same PLANET as either one of those teams, you must be drinking the good stuff. And it starts up front on both sides of the ball, and rolls with the QB.

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  25. And that post was more about Bunting, then anything. Greedy Williams was still on the board, if you wanted a starting corner. Many many, O lineman..still on the board.

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    • Specially Dalton Risner comes to mind. He would have been the solution for every spot on the right side:
      https://www.espn.com/blog/denver-broncos/post/_/id/33167/denver-broncos-2019-draft-analysis-for-every-pick
      Still scratchin’ my head

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  26. Bucfannomatter I agree with lot what you said. Dotson went from being one better RT to below average. He doesn’t even try to bend at knees and is way to tall to not. He’s lost a step and isn’t good. If that makes some fans butt hurt I don’t care.

    As far as Bunting being a bust, give the kid some time. Jones was labeled bust too….I don’t do the hindsight well “so and so was available there when he was elected” is no point imo. Licht has made share of bad picks and good ones, but We are stuck with him for now. We could do worse no doubt.

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  27. Bucfan, Licht loves using second rounders on players no one has ever heard of, and moving up like in the third round for the likes of Cappa. Bunting would’ve been a good pick in the 6th round, and Cappa could’ve been signed after the draft. Licht does not know what he’s doing, and for all the fans who believe he does are ignoring reality. I’ll get the thumbs down, but his W-L record doesn’t lie. It looks like his first shot at the #1 overall QB taken in the draft isn’t going to be anything either. His under study Robinson G.M. for the Titans is doing a better job. I’ll be proved right when the Titans whip us.

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  28. If this game, which pundits were betting the BUCs should win, is any indication of the season, our O-line problems are solved — we will get the #1 draft pick — and it better go to the O-line !!!

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  29. Trevor,

    Was Caleb the O-linemen that you guys on the Pewter Nation Podcast said has incredibly small lower legs for a man that size?

    If so, not sure how anyone could play that position with small wheels!

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    • Reminded me of Anthony Collins who also wasn’t build like a pro OT

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