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Bene' Benwikere
CB #23
Height:
6-0
Weight:
195
College:
San Jose State
Hometown:
Fontana, CA
Experience:
4
Defensive
YearTeamGTotalSoloAstSckSFTYPDefIntTDsYdsAvgLng
TOTAL 30 102 76 26 1 0 20 2 0 1 -- 1
2017 DAL 3 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2016 MIA 0 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2016 CAR 4 10 8 2 0 -- 4 1 0 1 1 1
2015 CAR 13 59 44 15 1 -- 9 -- -- -- -- --
2014 CAR 10 33 24 9 0 -- 7 1 0 0 -- 0

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      A fourth-year pro for 2017, Benwikere signed with Bengals as a free agent in February ... Brings 27 games of NFL experience (14 starts) for Carolina ... Has career totals of 109 tackles, two INTs, 21 PDs, two FFs, three FRs and one sack ... After release by Carolina in ’16, was on Miami roster and practice squad.

 

      A fourth-year pro for 2017, Benwikere signed with Bengals as a free agent in February ... Brings 27 games of NFL experience (14 starts) for Carolina ... Has career totals of 109 tackles, two INTs, 21 PDs, two FFs, three FRs and one sack ... After release by Carolina in ’16, was on Miami roster and practice squad.

 

     Career transactions: Selected by Carolina in fifth round of 2014 NFL Draft (148th overall) ... Signed by Panthers on 5-21-14 ... Waived by Panthers on 10-7-16 ... Acquired on waivers by Miami on 10-10-16 ... Waived by Dolphins on 11-8-16 ... Signed to Dolphins practice squad on 11-10-16 ... Signed with Cincinnati as a free agent on 2-15-17.

 

     2016 highlights: Started Games 1-4 for Carolina, totaling 10 tackles, one INT and four passes defensed ... On Sept. 8 at Denver, intercepted deep Trevor Siemian pass at Panthers’ 10 in third quarter ... Four tackles and a pass defensed Sept. 18 vs. San Francisco ... Four tackles and two passes defensed Oct. 2 at Atlanta ... Waived prior to Game 5, and acquired by Miami ... Inactive for Dolphins for Games 6-8 ... On Dolphins practice squad for remainder of season and postseason.

 

     Previous seasons: 2014—Played 10 games for Carolina (six starts), and started both postseason games ... Inactive Games 6-11 due to ankle injury ... Had 38 tackles, one INT, seven PDs, one FF and two FRs ... In NFL debut Sept. 7 at Tampa Bay, his FR (fumble by RB Bobby Rainey) sealed win with 1:27 left ... Snagged first pro INT Dec. 7 at New Orleans, picking off Drew Brees to set up TD ... In Wild Card vs. Arizona, helped set NFL postseason record for fewest net yards allowed (78). 2015—Played 13 Panthers games (four starts), with 61 tackles, 10 PDs, a FF and a FR ... Missed Games 14-16 due to ankle injury ... Had sack-and-strip on Kirk Cousins Nov. 22 vs. Washington; also had the FR.

 

     College: Played four seasons (2010-13) at San Jose State, seeing action in 47 games (30 starts) ... Finished with 14 INTs, tied for school record ... Also tied school marks for INTs in consecutive games (four) and INTs in one game (three vs. Louisiana Tech in ’12, all in second half) ... Had 214 career tackles.

 

     Personal: Hometown is Los Angeles, Calif. ... Attended Serra High School ... Sociology major at San Jose State ... First name is pronounced “beh-NAY” and last name pronounced “ben-WICK-er-ee”.

 

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