Caleb Benenoch has been the weakest link on a Tampa Bay Buccaneers offensive line which hasn’t become what many hoped it would in 2018.
To get a closer look at this situation, I dove into some of Pro Football Focus’ (PFF) premium stats to see just how he stacks up against other guards in the National Football League up to this point in the 2018 regular season.
Here’s what I found.
Benenoch has been in the game on 548 snaps this season for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Of those, 381 snaps have come in pass protection and 167 have called on him as a run blocker.
The amount of pressures allowed by Benenoch in pass protection. Among guards in the NFL with at least 381 pass protection snaps this puts him sixth among those allowing the most this season.
Of the five players ahead of him, only Lane Taylor (Green Bay Packers) and Dan Feeney (Los Angeles Chargers) have gotten the majority of their snaps at left guard. The rest are right guards, with perhaps the exception of Connor McGovern (Denver Broncos) who has 96 snaps at center after recently moving over due to an injury suffered by Denver’s regular starter, Matt Paradis.
Sacks allowed by Benenoch in 2018. Second most behind Taylor in Green Bay and most in the NFL among right guards with the same or more pass protection snaps as the Bucs’ guard.
Up to this point in the season, the third-year guard is one of only three right guards who have allowed five or more sacks this season.
Benenoch’s five penalties from the right guard position make him one of five players in the NFL with that total or more who play predominantly at the right guard position.
Former Bucs guard J.R. Sweezy has six penalties this season while spending time with the Seahawks at both guard positions.
The percentage of pass protection snaps which lead to either a sack or pressure through Benenoch’s right guard spot.
Only Alex Redmond (9%) from the Cincinnati Bengals has a higher percentage among guards of pass protection snaps ending in sacks or pressures on his quarterback.
His overall score from PFF. The lowest score among all right guards in the NFL who have played at least 500 total snaps.
The score is the fourth lowest among all NFL guards with the same snap qualifier with the three lower grades all coming from left guards Cam Erving of the Kansas City Chiefs, Sweezy of the Seattle Seahawks, and Feeney from the Los Angeles Chargers.
Benenoch’s run blocking grade according to PFF, which is third-lowest among right guards with at least 500 snaps this season. Only Houston Texans’ guard Zach Fulton and the Miami Dolphins’ Jesse Davis have lower run-blocking scores in 2018.
Benenoch has appeared in 28 games since coming to Tampa Bay by way of UCLA in the fifth-round of the 2016 NFL Draft. He had five appearances in his rookie season with one start followed by five starts in 2017 and ten this season.
Meanwhile, 2018 third-round draft pick Alex Cappa has yet to be activated for one game in 2018.