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Bene Benwikere | Defensive Back | #23

Team: Arizona Cardinals
Age / DOB:  (26) / 9/3/1991
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 195
College: San Jose State
Drafted: 2014 / Rd. 5 (148) / CAR
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Cardinals signed CB Bene Benwikere to a one-year contract.
Benwikere appeared in 12 games on special teams with Dallas last year, playing just 10 defensive snaps. He could get more playing time in Arizona, where the Cardinals have no proven options behind Patrick Peterson. Benwikere spent his first three years as the Panthers' slot corner but has been bouncing around the league since. Mar 23 - 5:35 PM

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Cowboys acquired CB Bene Benwikere from the Bengals in exchange for a 2019 sixth-round pick.

A once-promising fifth-rounder of the Panthers, Benwikere has bounced all over the place since getting cut by Carolina midway through last season. He'll look to carve out a role in a Dallas secondary that badly needs help.
Sat, Sep 2, 2017 12:48:00 PM

Bengals signed CB Bene Benwikere.

Cut by the Panthers in October, Benwikere was claimed off waivers by Dolphins, but eventually waived again. He spent time on Miami and Green Bay's practice squads. Still only 25, Benwikere has experience on the outside, but is best utilized in the slot. There's a chance he cracks the Bengals' 53-man roster.
Tue, Feb 14, 2017 04:13:00 PM

Free agent CB Bene Benwikere visited with the Jets.

Benwikere has been bouncing around the league since getting cut from Carolina. He was most recently on the Packers' practice squad. Benwikere should eventually land a reserve/future deal.
Wed, Feb 1, 2017 04:34:00 PM

Packers signed CB Bene Benwikere to the practice squad.

Benwikere hasn't appeared in a regular season game since getting cut by the Panthers in October. He was recently let go from the Dolphins' practice squad. Benwikere will likely sign a reserve/future contract adding him to the offseason roster once the Packers' playoff run is through.
Tue, Jan 17, 2017 04:46:00 PM

Dolphins signed CB Bene Benwikere to their practice squad.

Benwikere didn't have any interest from teams after clearing waivers. His stock has fallen as much as any player this season. Benwikere's release opens a spot for Chris Culliver.
Wed, Nov 9, 2016 07:25:00 PM

Dolphins waived CB Bene Benwikere.

Benwikere had yet to be active since being claimed off waivers from the Panthers last month. Still only 25, Benwikere should get another shot elsewhere, but doesn't have a lot of good film to hang his hat on.
Tue, Nov 8, 2016 03:36:00 PM

Dolphins claimed CB Bene Benwikere off waivers from the Panthers.

It's a rare shrewd move by the Dolphins, who need all the coverage help they can get. At his best, Benwikere is a quality slot corner who was stretched playing outside in Carolina. He got burned to a crisp by Julio Jones in Week 4, but was solid in Carolina's first four games. It seemed like the Panthers were trying to send the team a message by cutting him. Either way, Benwikere will almost certainly see snaps soon in Miami's embarrassing secondary.
Mon, Oct 10, 2016 04:11:00 PM

Panthers waived CB Bene Benwikere.

This is the fallout from Benwikere being burnt to a crisp by Julio Jones last week. Jones hung a 12-300-1 line on the Panthers, and Pro Football Focus charged Benwikere with 8-228-1 of it. It's a surprising move, as it was just one bad game, but GM Dave Gettleman has moved on to wanting big, tall corners on the outside. Benwikere was solid Weeks 1-3 and had strong 2014 and 2015 seasons. More than one team will likely put in a waiver claim on Benwikere.
Fri, Oct 7, 2016 11:41:00 AM

Panthers CB Bene Benwikere could be benched for Week 5.

Even with James Bradberry battling turf toe, Benwikere isn't guaranteed one of the Panthers' top three spots against the Bucs after allowing eight catches for 228 yards and a touchdown against Julio Jones last Sunday. Benwikere has been very volatile throughout his three-year career, but considering that his competition is Daryl Worley, Robert McClain and Teddy Williams, he should have a top-three job against Tampa.
Thu, Oct 6, 2016 06:35:00 PM

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.
Wed, Aug 3, 2016 09:19:00 AM

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.
Wed, Jul 27, 2016 04:41:00 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.
Tue, Jun 21, 2016 09:38:00 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.
Sat, Jun 18, 2016 02:40:00 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).
Source: ESPN.com
Thu, Apr 21, 2016 02:06:00 PM

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DE1Chandler Jones
2Markus Golden
3Benson Mayowa
4Moubarak Djeri
5Praise Martin-Oguike
DT1Corey Peters
2Robert Nkemdiche
3Olsen Pierre
4Rodney Gunter
5Peli Anau
MLB1Josh Bynes
2Scooby Wright
WLB1Deone Bucannon
2Jeremy Cash
3Edmond Robinson
SLB1Haason Reddick
2Bryson Albright
3Vontarrius Dora
CB1Patrick Peterson
2Jamar Taylor
3Brandon Williams
4Bene Benwikere
5Christian Campbell
FS1Antoine Bethea
2Harlan Miller
SS1Budda Baker
2Rudy Ford
P1Andy Lee