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Bene Benwikere | Defensive Back

Team: Carolina Panthers
Age / DOB:  (23) / 9/3/1991
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 185
College: San Jose State
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Panthers declared CB Bene Benwikere, RB Chris Ogbonnaya, S Robert Lester, OT David Foucault, LG Amini Silatolu, OL Mike Remmers, and DT Star Lotulelei inactive for Week 11 against the Falcons.
Benwikere isn't yet over his high-ankle sprain. Lotulelei is out with an ankle injury of his own, but is expected back in Week 12. Silatolu has a balky knee. Sun, Nov 16, 2014 11:36:00 AM

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Panthers have downgraded CB Bene Benwikere (ankle) to out for Week 10.

Benwikere has been out since Week 5 with a high-ankle sprain. Antoine Cason had been filling in at corner, but was benched last week. Melvin White should see some playing time against the Eagles. Mark Sanchez is a great streaming option this week.
Sat, Nov 8, 2014 12:54:00 PM

Panthers CB Bene Benwikere will miss Week 6 with a high-ankle sprain.

Benwikere is considered week-to-week. The fifth-round rookie mans the slot for Carolina and has actually graded out as its best cover corner among its regular cornerbacks. Veteran Charles Godfrey will man the slot this week against the Bengals with Josh Norman and Antoine Cason playing on the outside.
Fri, Oct 10, 2014 09:28:00 AM

Bene Benwikere left the Panthers' Week 5 contest against the Bears with an ankle injury.

Charles Godfrey will fill in as the slot corner with Benwikere sidelined.
Sun, Oct 5, 2014 01:56:00 PM

Fifth-round CB Bene Benwikere ran as the Panthers' starting nickel corner in the team's third preseason game against the Patriots on Friday.

Benwikere worked ahead of veteran Charles Godfrey. Antoine Cason and Melvin White are the Panthers' starters on the outside. Godfrey has struggled in his return from a torn Achilles', while Benwikere has drawn positive marks for his coverage and work against the run through the first three preseason games.
Sun, Aug 24, 2014 11:01:00 AM

Panthers rookie Bene Benwikere received the majority of first-team snaps at nickel corner during OTAs.

Charles Godfrey is the front-runner for slot corner duties, but has done "very little" in his return from Achilles surgery. A fifth-round pick, Benwikere has good ball skills and will push for early-career snaps in sub packages. The Panthers run mostly a Cover-3 scheme, which plays to his strengths.
Sat, Jun 21, 2014 08:17:00 PM

Panthers rookie CB Bene Benwikere has been impressive at OTAs and could push hard for nickel back duties.

Newly-converted CB Charles Godfrey is the front runner for the nickel back position, but Benwikere has created a strong buzz in the offseason program. Benwikere does not have great speed but showed excellent explosion at the Combine. It looks like he will be an early contributor to the Panthers' defense.
Sat, May 31, 2014 09:01:00 AM

Panthers signed No. 148 overall pick CB Bene Benwikere to a four-year contract.

Benwikere (5-foot-11, 195 pounds) has plus athleticism (40 1/2-inch vertical, 10-foot-2 broad jump), but disappointed at the Combine with a 4.63 forty. That could relegate him to zone coverage in the NFL. He'll most likely start out in the slot in Carolina.
Tue, May 20, 2014 05:24:00 PM

Panthers selected San Jose State CB Bene Benwikere with the No. 148 overall pick in the 2014 NFL draft.

Benwikere (5-foot-10 3/4, 195) was a 30-game starter for the Spartans, graduating tied for the school's all-time lead in interceptions (14). He had seven picks as a junior and five as a senior. Benwikere did demonstrate plus athleticism (40 1/2-inch vertical, 10-foot-2 broad jump) at the Combine despite a 4.63 forty time that led some evaluators to believe he'll have to stick to zone coverage in the pros. Benwikere will most likely play slot cornerback in Carolina, where there is a need following Captain Munnerlyn's departure.
Sat, May 10, 2014 02:26:00 PM