Beckles: Teams Asking Jason Licht For Benenoch

August 20th, 2019


This will be enough for you to cough up your Cheerios this morning.

Speaking on his podcast “In the Trenches,” former Bucs guard and current popular sports radio personality Ian Beckles claims teams have offered the Bucs draft picks for turnstile reserve offensive lineman Caleb Benenoch.

And just who is dropping this information in Beckles’ lap? None other than Bucs AC/DC-loving general manager Jason Licht.

Beckles recounted a recent conversation he had with Licht at One Buc Palace and Beckles said the conversation turned to the offensive line. Both agreed the starting-five appears to be ahead of last year’s outfit.

Beckles said he told Licht that the backups are, well, less than ideal. Beckles said Licht told him teams have called him offering draft picks for Benenoch.

“Jason Licht told me he has teams calling him offering draft picks for Caleb Benenoch,” Beckles said in almost disbelief. “Ew! There must be a shortage — if you are going to pass up draft picks for Caleb Benenoch, who was the worst offensive lineman on the worst offensive line last year, then there is not much going on out there.”

Now hold up! Joe is aware of frustrating readers because Joe doesn’t play along with the predictable, parroted narrative the Bucs had the worst offensive line in the century-old NFL. The Bucs, in case you are unaware, led the NFL in passing yards last year. Led the NFL!

To hear some wail about the offensive line, if it was truly this terrible, then how the hell were Bucs quarterbacks able to stand upright long enough to throw passes much less lead the NFL in passing?

Joe honestly believes Benenoch has actually grown worse, if you can imagine. So if Licht was offered draft picks for Benenoch, Joe’s question is, why is Benenoch still here?

Twice already in training camp, Bucco Bruce Arians groused about how the team was not developing young tackles. Well, Benenoch is a young tackle. And someone offered draft picks for him and he’s still here?

This is all very strange to Joe.

56 Responses to “Beckles: Teams Asking Jason Licht For Benenoch”

  1. Ben real Says:

    Joe I’m with you 100 on this …. lol sounds like litch is trying to back himself up … these are guys litch brought in

  2. richbucsfan Says:

    You actually trust the words of the GM?

  3. Stanglassman Says:

    He’s young, he’s cheap, has NFL starting experience. The guy played a bunch of games at Tackle a few years back for us and looked good. I doubt he just forgot how to play. He wasn’t good and didn’t want to play at Guard. It’s either taking time for him to adjust to the new system and position or he’s playing through an injury.

    As for the shortage of decent OL players in the NFL all teams are struggling to find some quality depth. We’ve been hearing for 10+ years that the spread offense run by most colleges is limiting the pool of prostyle linemen in the draft.

  4. TDTB Says:

    Only two possibilities: 1) it’s made up to make it appear that Licht’s draft pick is desirable; or 2) it’s true and Licht is a fool for not accepting the trade offer(s). Either way, Licht sucks.

  5. Buccaroo Says:

    What about all those lineman that played in the AAF league? Are they saying that no-one out there can replace Benenoch?

    There has to be someone.

  6. Bucsfanman Says:

    Um, what were we ranked in RUSHING offense last year?! Anyone with eyes could see that our Oline was bad last year!
    Draft picks for Benenoch?! Take the money and run!

  7. Buc believer Says:

    If Licht was offered a pair of used cleats for this revolving door of a lineman he should jump on it.

  8. Defense Rules Says:

    Didn’t hear Beckles’ interview with Licht, but wonder if he asked him the obvious follow-up question: “What were they offering and why didn’t you take it Jason?”

    Benenoch was a FIFTH ROUND PICK back in 2016. He had a very impressive 3-years at UCLA … 35 consecutive starts, all but 4 of them at tackle (interesting because coming out of HS in Texas he was ranked the #17-#22 offensive GUARD in the nation). And yes, in college his overall performance was very good.

    Sometimes wonder if Caleb’s just one of those OLinemen who take 3-4 years to really come into their own & win a starting spot. Coaching (or lack of it) has probably been a huge factor in his development (or lack of it). Regardless, this is his 4th year with the Bucs, and he likely won’t be offered a second contract unless he shows some real development this year. Personally I’d be focusing on using him entirely at Right Tackle to see if he’s a viable replacement for Demar Dotson next year.

  9. AKickInTheBucNuts Says:

    Forget draft picks for Benenoch.

    If you can get a couple of Twix bars for him, do that.

  10. Dom>Licht Says:

    Other teams asking for Benenoch but weee going to improve OL back picking the scraps that can’t even make other teams rosters as back ups.

  11. macabee Says:

    I think Beckles may have mis-heard Licht. I think those are teams that we play this year asking licht to keep Benenoch!

  12. Pittsshore Says:

    Smoke screen by the GM

  13. Bucnjim Says:

    What really happens with players like this is their natural talent makes them kings in high school and even in college. There is very little they need to do to dominate at their position. The Pro game is a different animal all together. Every player you go against is at least good and most are great. So much work is involved being good in the pro game that a lot of these guys can’t or don’t want to put the time and effort in. I hate the word but lazy comes to mind when I watch some of these guys.

  14. westernbuc Says:

    If someone offers Licht ANY draft pick for the turnstile Benenoch, he should accept it immediately. Getting a 7th round pick would be an absolute steal.

    If Licht has offers on the table and doesn’t pull the trigger, he should be fired.

    My guess is, either Beckles or Licht is lying.

  15. WhatTheBuc Says:

    I will take a cardboard cut out of Joe Thomas for him. He should have been cut in camp last year. He won’t make it through final cuts this year.

  16. JabooBuc Says:

    If you can get anything for Caleb Cannotblok and you haven’t moved on that deal then I have to question your judgment

  17. Todd Says:

    Off Subject—

    Does ANYONE know a tech loophole to screen mirror or cast NFL Game Pass games to your digital TV? All I get is sound. Ticks me off. I have this big, beautiful TV and I can’t see the damned games. I have Apple TV too, as an FYI. I’ve tried downloading the NFL app to my TV but it won’t let me watch the games like on my iPhone. So if there’s anyone out there with a solve, I’d be grateful for some insight. Danke.

  18. Phil Says:

    If we can get something for him we should do it.

  19. D-Rome Says:

    It was enough for me to choke on my coffee a little. I should know better to not read headlines while in the process of drinking coffee.

  20. AlteredEgo Says: Your comment is awaiting moderation. Says:

    I am only commenting so you know I am here…..PS has become the WORST 4 weeks of the calendar

  21. Buc'n Enough Says:

    Licht has a plan to move Caleb to corner back or safety…

  22. miken Says:

    Bucs Oline last year was average… not the worst. Not sure I believe any team would give up a draft pick… except a conditional 7th if he makes their team. If teams are calling, its not bc Caleb is good, its because they know he’s getting cut.

  23. diggler Says:

    The league has declined in quality of players since 06 or so once the CTE stuff came out as well as waning interest overall. Less and less people playing the game. The kids are getting smarter.

  24. diggler Says:

    Buc’n Enough Says:
    August 20th, 2019 at 8:04 am
    Licht has a plan to move Caleb to corner back or safety…

    LMAO ^^^

  25. D-Rome Says:

    Licht has a plan to move Caleb to corner back or safety…

    After all, that’s how he was projected coming out of college. That and kick returner on special teams.

  26. 813bucboi Says:

    he looked like an actual nfl lineman vs the phins…..

    imo, he’s still not starting material yet….lets see if this staff can develop him….

    dirk ruined this young man by playing him out of position and rotating him…..

    we all knew the previous staff couldnt develop anything except for pass catchers….

    i think teams and coaches see the potential and also know he hasnt been developed properly…..

    GO BUCS!!!!

  27. Barbosa Says:

    @Diggler- don’t believe the hype. Football is by FAR the most popular sport in the USA. It’s not even close. CTE is real, crappy rule changes are real, it doesn’t matter. Friday nights across the country are full of high school games, colleges are making money hand over fist on Saturdays , and the casinos, fantasy football, and tv contracts continue to grow. Look,even JayZ wants to be an NFL owner. Follow. The. Money.

  28. Brandon Says:

    What Barbosa said. Anybody that thinks a 6’5 275 lb+ athlete is going to play something other than football is sadly mistaken. Sorry, I’ve been good at football forever, i think i’m just gonna play marching band now from now on… don’t think so. There’s more people playing football than there was 20 years ago, 40, 60, etc. This is just a simple fact that the population of the US is constantly exploding in population size.

  29. knucknbuc Says:

    benonoch is bad imo hes better at rt then he is at guard granted i havent watched any practice of him other then the preseason games first game was horrible second one wasnt so bad (what i actually watched). the guy who is truly awful is cole boozer he might be one of the worst ots ive ever seen. im surprised hes still on the roster. i liked whated that holcombe guy did the first game he should be our backup lt. god help us if cole boozer actually sees the field then the real donovan smith haters can see what terrible lt play looks like.

  30. JimbobBucsFan Says:

    The difference between the coaching staff under Bruce Arians and both Dirk Koetter and Lovie Smith is night and day. All of BA’s guys are teachers. Coaching them up is what these folks are all about. Everything has been structured to maximize their number of reps and to give each individual quick feedback all of the time.

    These methods will separate the wheat from the shaft and help elevate all on the roster from top to bottom. I suspect this approach tells us why Arians was so confident he could turn this franchise around quickly and “retool not rebuild”.

    In BA we trust!

  31. firethecannons Says:

    any draft pick is worth it

  32. WestChap Says:

    Translation: somebody come and get him… please. All I need is a face-saving 7th rounder in return.

  33. Buczilla Says:

    In my years of watching football, the closest thing that I can equate offensive line play to is your significant other. Sometimes they’re in the mood and sometimes they’re not. I’ve seen supposedly unstoppable offensive lines get manhandled and purportedly trash offensive lines dominate.

    It’s a very fickle position group and while talent matters, desire is pretty important as well.

  34. Dusthty Rhothdes Says:

    Jason Licht is still the bucs gm? ahhahahahahahahahahah

  35. Loyaltotheend Section 312 Says:

    O line was not the worst last year

    Beckles is wrong, like usual unless it comes to food suggestions

    Bucs o line was awful in run blocking, which shouldn’t be the case when you have the 2nd highest paid group in the league

    Pass blocking is their strength and they did that well all year in 2018

    The proof is in the passing yards and the average time both Fitz and JW has to pass

  36. tmaxcon Says:

    bucfan likes it’s punching bags…. Benenoch is an all pro compared to dotson and d smith yet they receive free pass after free pass…. Benenoch will be fine once he escapes the black hole that is tampa bay buccaneer football. it’s a shame the glazers give false hope and set all these talented young men up to fail year in and year out… bail jameis bail… get out while your young

  37. Cobraboy Says:

    Stanglassman Says:

    As for the shortage of decent OL players in the NFL all teams are struggling to find some quality depth. We’ve been hearing for 10+ years that the spread offense run by most colleges is limiting the pool of prostyle linemen in the draft.


    I will also add the rules in HS and college ball reducing full pad hitting also stymies OL growth and fundamentals.

    OL depth will just get worse at all levels of football.

    IMO, one reason the trend in college is toward spread offenses is BECAUSE of lack of development on OL. OL is arguably the most difficult position to play outside QB. If teams could grind it out on the ground, eating up clock, they would do so. But grinding OLinemen take time to develop, a lot of head-knocking in full pads.

  38. Cobraboy Says:

    tmaxon, I know you thrive on being a know-it-all negatron, but what little credibility you ever had is in the toilet if you think Benenoch is equal to Smith or Dotson.

  39. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    I believe nothing Ian Beckles says.

  40. K2 Says:

    I would have a hard time believing he will be here even one week after the cuts to 53s. I think the Bucs will pick up some older solid backup and cut him.

  41. tmaxcon Says:


    what i was saying is ALL 3 are garbage yet 2 get free passes…..


    you are simply jealous of Beckels high moral character and success…. he’s far more credible than you sir who has NEVER been right once about anything in the 6 or 7 years I have been reading your nonsense.

  42. Frank Pillow Says:

    This is simply a case of a GM using an outlet to gin up interest/buzz in a player that could very easily be cut, in spite of the team’s OL depth issues.

  43. tmaxcon Says:


    and to set the record straight I am not a Know It All nor Negative I am just a realist who is never wrong. Huge difference…. I am the walter obrien of the football world. huge IQ with no EQ…. I think only in results and reality there is no place for emotion in business or building a sports team. emotional decisions are weak decisions. glazers have trained bucfan to care far more about emotions than reality thus the free pass for decades of failure and embarrassing product.

  44. The Buc Realist Says:

    There was “interest” in she-mc too!!!!!!! Until the failed gm learned there from other teams that there was “no-value”!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    2019 will reveal answers to the sheep, that the ‘real” fans already know!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  45. unbelievable Says:

    Caleb Benenoch, who was the worst offensive lineman on the worst offensive line last year

    Yet Joe is still in denial because we threw for a lot of yards lol.

    Yards don’t mean s(p)it if you can’t don’t score points. How did all those yards work out once we got into the redzone? How was the run game? How often did we need 1 – 2 yards and actually ended up converting it?

  46. 813bucboi Says:


    there was interest in smitty after the 2016 season too!!!!!!!

    until teams saw his defense was a fluke!!!!!!!!!!!!

    GO BUCS!!!!

  47. joestang Says:

    What are you waiting for? Even if its a 5th round pick, let him go.

  48. Cobraboy Says:

    tmaxcon, if I could buy you for what your opinions are worth, and sell you for what you think they are worth, I could resign Winston to a mega-long term extension.

  49. Lostinpa Says:

    7th round pick in 2030 and a ham sandwich. Sold!

  50. LUVMYBUCS Says:

    Reminds of previous situation from a few years ago

    JBF Flashback – Dominik Fielded Trade Offer For Michael Smith

  51. Destinjohnny Says:

    He is passing out all these 2nd contracts to players as to look like he drafted and developed a guy.
    This conversation tells you what we have in Jason
    Nobody would trade for this guy

  52. gobuxfla Says:

    How many empty beer cans were on the floor in Licht’s office when said conversation took place?

  53. Capt. Blighe Says:

    Belichek told Licht he would give him a 12th Round pick. And Jason believed him !

  54. DT25 Says:

    The run blocking was putrid (league-worst, according to PFO). Pass blocking was just about league average last season, though. And in an offense that averaged the most air yards per target…meaning our QB’s typically needed longer to throw. That said, Benenoch was a huge reason for how awful the run blocking was. But something tells me this is more a tactic to garner interest around the league. Doubt we’ve been offered any real compensation for him…but wouldn’t be surprised if we’re open to it if someone sees these comments and decides to put in an offer of their own.

  55. Mark Alstott Says:

    Agreed with cobra here. The trend in HS and college with lineman development is hurting the play at the pro level. Not going to say that’s the whole story with Benenoch, he’s just flat out not a good player. That said…if Licht can get a 7th and a PB&J sammie, pull it

  56. adam from ny Says:

    we definitely should have landed incognito for the line…

    that’s one big mean mofo…

    he would have been a guy who could shift the attude of that

    kind of like what suh can potentially do for the d-line…

    “the cog” and jensen together could have been straight nasty…

    it would have forced the banjo player and donovan to froth at the mouth or tap the fugg out…

    #FuManChu or #SuhCanDo