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.