The 25-year-old Bene’ Benwikere was drafted out of San Jose State by the Carolina Panthers in 2014. In 27 games, he compiled 102 total tackles, a sack, 4 forced turnovers and 3 fumble recoveries.
The 5th-rounder was cut after the October 2 game last year against the Atlanta Falcons. The reason? Julio Jones was so dominant (12 catches, 300 yards) that you’d think Carolina pulled one of the fans out of the nosebleed section to cover Jones.
Benwikere has fairly good size (5’11”, 195 pounds) and his presence helps with depth in the defensive backfield. That’s huge at this point since the crystal ball is cloudy on current Cincinnati DBs Dre Kirkpatrick, Adam Jones and Chykie Brown.