Battle For Offensive Depth2 min read
The Battle For Offensive Depth:
Caleb Benenoch: He hasn’t panned out nearly as well as the Buccaneers wanted, but they hope a move to right tackle will help him live up to expectations. While it’s very likely that Caleb will find himself with a roster spot for depth reasons, he will also find himself hard-pressed for playing time unless he’s able to turn things around quickly.
Cole Boozer: An undrafted rookie, Cole found himself as the only offensive player to start every game for Temple last season after making the move over from tight end. He was awarded several players of the game accolades on his way to helping Temple have back to back winning seasons. He’s great at working angles to his advantage and improved week over week after moving from tight end, but he’s still working on improving his size as opponents have been able to overpower him from time to time. Given his upside, it’s quite possible that Boozer will see some playing time at right tackle and may even prove good enough to relegate Benenoch to the role of a bench warmer.
Michael Liedtke: Another perennial practice squad player, Liedtke isn’t likely to find himself moving from that role anytime soon. Having previous stints with 5 different teams, including the Buccaneers, Liedtke has been given more than a chance to make a roster and has failed to do so each time. Unless Liedtke can pull a minor miracle from his pocket, we’ll likely see him assigned to the practice squad yet again.
Evan Smith: The man known for getting stomped on by Suh finds himself still on opposite sides of the ball, but this time he’s on the same side of the field. A former Super Bowl champion, Smith certainly isn’t lacking experience, but despite his previous stints with Green Bay and Seattle, he’s not likely to find himself in a position to find much playing time at center, even if he’s eventually medically cleared to play.
Earl Watford: Before heading to Tampa Bay, Watford had stops in Jacksonville, Chicago, Cleveland, and yes Arizona. After failing to make noise in both Chicago and Cleveland, Watford hopes to earn his way to a backup right guard role again, and having previously played under Arians, the odds may just be in his favor.
Ultimately, there are only so many spots, and with Liedtke unlikely to make the roster and Evan Smith nursing an injury, Watford may slide in for depth at guard with Caleb and Boozer battling for every minute at tackle they can get.