On Wednesday, the New England Patriots bolstered the depth along their offensive line by signing veteran tackle Marshall Newhouse. Together with Korey Cunningham and possibly left guard Joe Thuney, Newhouse will serve as a depth option behind starting tackles Isaiah Wynn and Marcus Cannon — the latter of which still limited in practice due to a shoulder injury suffered during Sunday night’s regular season opener.
Despite the addition of Newhouse, however, the Patriots are apparently not yet done looking at potential reinforcements along the line: according to a report by NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero, the team brought free agent Caleb Benenoch in for a workout on Thursday. Benenoch remains unsigned for the time being, but would bring considerable starting experience in the NFL to the table — at both guard and tackle.
The 25-year-old originally entered the NFL as a fifth-round draft pick by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2016. After serving as a rotational backup option over his first two years in the league and starting a combined six games (one at guard, five at right tackle), he was elevated to a regular starting role in 2018: the 6-foot-5, 310-pound blocker became the Buccaneers’ top option at right guard and went on to play 843 of 1,115 offensive snaps.
New head coach Bruce Arians moved him again — this time to right tackle — but he failed to carve out a consistent role. While the 25-year-old did survive roster cutdowns, he was ultimately released earlier this week and has been on the open market ever since. All in all, Benenoch has 35 in-game appearances on his career résumé.