What Packers’ Signing of Bene Benwikere Means
Green Bay Packers made an interesting move on Tuesday by signing former 2014 Carolina Panthers draft pick Bene Benwikere and added him to the practice squad. The name might sound familiar as he played quite a bit for the Super Bowl 2015 Panthers, and he was the guy who ended up burnt like toast facing Atlanta Falcons stud Julio Jones earlier this year leading to his release. There could be two major reasons why Packers added Benwikere.
1. The team would like some extra insight on how to cover Jones. They did a pretty good job on him earlier this year, but Dom Capers may want to pick his brain a little bit more since he has more familiarity with him as well as Falcons offense as a whole. To see Green Bay using him as a resource isn’t a ridiculous thing to ponder about.
2. Damarious Randall, Quinten Rollins and Morgan Burnett are pretty damn banged up. It could be a real situation where Packers are struggling for members in their secondary. Benwikere was a Pro Football Focus All-Rookie Team in 2014, and it just seemed like he never recovered from a broken leg in 2015. Maybe, it’s his time to shine being thrown out in the wolves in a big game. Randall looked hurt out there with the way he played and let’s hope he has enough in the tank for this one.
All and all, this is a smart signing by Packers. Benwikere can only provide insight to the defense as well as have some real in-game experience.