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Bene Benwikere | Defensive Back | #25

Team: Carolina Panthers
Age / DOB:  (25) / 9/3/1991
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 200
College: San Jose State
Drafted: 2014 / Rd. 5 (148) / CAR
Contract: view contract details

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Panthers activated CB Bene Benwikere (leg) off the active/PUP list.
Benwikere sat out the entire spring and missed about a week of camp as he recovered from a broken leg. With Josh Norman and Charles Tillman out of town, Benwikere is now the Panthers' new No. 1 corner. Aug 3 - 9:19 AM

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Panthers placed CB Bene Benwikere (leg) on the active/PUP list.

Benwikere is still working into shape after sitting out the entire offseason. He can be activated at any time. Benwikere isn't in any danger of missing Week 1.
Jul 27 - 4:41 PM

Bene Benwikere (leg) has taken the Panthers' trio of rookie cornerbacks under his wing.

Benwikere was not able to participate in the offseason program as he recovers from a broken leg, but that did not stop him from helping out the youngsters. "I get to go through individuals with them, get to do walk-throughs with them," Benwikere said. "When we’re watching film, there’s a lot of things I can show them that happened to me previously, especially Zack (Sanchez) playing nickel." Benwikere is only entering his third year, but he is the veteran leader of the corner group following the departures of Josh Norman and Charles Tillman. With rookies all around him, the Panthers need Benwikere to take a step forward this season.
Jun 21 - 9:38 AM

Coach Ron Rivera said CB Bene Benwikere (leg) is on track for training camp.

The Panthers are likely to limit him early after missing the entire offseason. Benwikere and Robert McClain are penciled in as Carolina’s starters in base sets, with rookies James Bradberry and Daryl Worley competing for nickel snaps.
Jun 18 - 2:40 PM

Panthers CB Bene Benwikere (broken leg) is expected to be ready for training camp.

Benwikere suffered a gruesome break to his left leg in December. His health has taken on increased importance after the Panthers parted ways with Josh Norman. The No. 148 overall pick of the 2014 draft, Benwikere has lacked for consistency, but is still only 25 (in September).
Apr 21 - 2:06 PM

The Panthers plan to give slot CB Bene Benwikere an opportunity to stick on the outside in 2016.

"I think the plan really with him is to keep him as a one-position guy," coach Ron Rivera said. "I thought he did some really nice things when he had the opportunity to play on the outside and we’re going to see how he is when he gets back." "When he gets back" because Benwikere is recovering from a broken left leg. Benwikere finished 2015 on the outside opposite Josh Norman as Peanut Tillman was sidelined with a knee issue, and also spent four games on the boundary in 2014. The emphasis switch means the Panthers view adding a nickel corner as a higher priority than outside corner. A 2014 fifth-rounder, Benwikere hasn't been terribly effective through his first two NFL seasons.
Feb 25 - 7:26 PM

Panthers CB Bene Benwikere has a broken left leg, and is done for the season.

He'll be placed on injured reserve Monday. The Panthers' No. 2 cornerback, Benwikere has been having a rough season, but his loss comes as the Panthers are still awaiting the return of starter Charles Tillman (knee). The Panthers are going to have to ad lib in the slot as they pursue a perfect 16-0 campaign. Benwikere should be fine for training camp next summer.
Sun, Dec 13, 2015 04:30:00 PM

Panthers CB Bene Benwikere was carted off with a left leg injury in Carolina's Week 14 game against the Falcons.

Benwikere has been filling in for Peanut Tillman opposite Josh Norman. Benwikere has struggled mightily this season, but his loss thins the Panthers' depth as they wait on Tillman (knee) to get healthy.
Sun, Dec 13, 2015 03:49:00 PM

Panthers CB Bene Benwikere has been sitting out OTAs with a hamstring injury.

Last year's fifth-round pick was a nice surprise as a rookie. He started the final six games, including the playoffs, and graded out as a top-15 cover corner at Pro Football Focus out of 108 qualifiers. Benwikere, Josh Norman, and veteran Charles Tillman figure to make up the top of Carolina's cornerback depth chart.
Thu, Jun 4, 2015 11:27:00 AM

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

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

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