NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported that offensive tackle Caleb Benenoch is signing with the Pats, per a source informed of the situation.
The former Tampa Bay Buccaneers offensive lineman had nine teams request workouts, but he wanted to play for Pats OL coach Dante Scarnecchia, per Rapoport.
Benenoch was a 2016 fifth-round pick by the Buccaneers who can play inside and outside. He started 16 games in 2018 at right guard for the Bucs. The 25-year-old struggled last season, allowing 10 sacks, per Pro Football Focus, and was called for eight penalties. These days on the open market, however, beggars can't be choosers.
The Pats will leave it to Scarnecchia to get the most out of a young player with starting experience.
The addition of Benenonch comes as injuries mount for the 2-0 Pats. Right tackle Marcus Cannon has been dealing with a shoulder injury. Then Sunday, left tackle Isaiah Wynn left after just 11 plays.
Rapoport reports that Wynn is considered week-to-week with turf toe, per a source. The injury is not season-ending, but the Patriots could be without him for the time being following tests Monday.
With the injuries to Cannon, Wynn and David Andrews being out for the season, the thinnest part of the Patriots roster resides at the O-line.
Other news and workouts we're tracking Tuesday:
- Dallas Cowboys safety Xavier Woods is expected to miss four to six weeks with a high ankle sprain, a source tells Pelissero. The injury is a big loss to the secondary as tough matchups loom for Dallas.
On Tuesday, the Falcons announced the signing of offensive lineman Nate Wozniak and punter Matt Wile to the practice squad, while releasing defensive end Austin Larkin and tight end Carson Meier.
- The New York Jets, who benched their $72 million cornerback Trumaine Johnson Monday night, will have cornerback and special teamer Kayvon Webster in for a visit, per Rapoport.
- The Green Bay Packers announced the signing of cornerback Tremon Smith off waivers from the Chiefs. Smith played in 14 games for the Chiefs last year -- his rookie season. Smith was a standout kick returner last season, as he averaged 26.8 yards on 33 returns, including a 97-yarder against New England.