Bucs rookie offensive tackle Caleb Benenoch is eager to continue being a student of the game at the professional level, and is excited about his future in Tampa.
"I've learned more in these three days on the field than I did in five weeks just going over it on the phone," Benenoch said during the final days of minicamp. "The biggest thing for me is just getting out here and getting to run the plays wth the guys."
Benenoch wants to soak up every last ounce of experience he can, put it into play on the field, and have fun while doing it. At practice, he constantly sought guidance from the veteran offensive linemen in hopes of applying new tactics to his game.
"This is just such a fun environment," Benenoch said of minicamp. "All the older guys are helping me out a lot, [Gosder Cherilus] has been in my ear almost every play, along with Ali [Marpet] and all those guys, so just playing with them has been a lot of fun."
The Buccaneers' offensive line significantly improved last year after some smart draft moves by GM Jason Licht in hopes of better protecting QB Jameis Winston. Second-year linemen Ali Marpet and Donovan Smith should have their rookie seasons fresh in their minds still, and as a result be able to better communicate with Benenoch about the transitions he will have to make in order to be successful in the NFL. Benenoch's fierce work ethic and intense hunger to learn this early on is an indicator that he could be a crucial player to the Bucs' presumptive success in 2016.
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