Carolina Panthers: 3 Big takeaways from Preseason Week 1

Kristopher Nichols
August 11, 2018

A first-round draft pick, Benjamin looked destined to be Newton's top receiver for years until the injury, and he never reproduced his numbers from a strong rookie season after returning from injury.

As fate would have it, the Panthers and Bills will meet Thursday night in Buffalo for their first preseason game. "If you would've put me with any other quarterback, let's be real, you know what I'm saying?"

Benjamin verbally dismantled his former teammate in an interview last week, questioning the one-time MVP's intellectual abilities and accuracy as a passer. Benjamin explained. "Any other accurate quarterback like [Aaron] Rodgers or Eli Manning or Big Ben [Roethlisberger] - anybody! - quarterbacks with knowledge, that know how to place a ball and give you a better chance to catch the ball".

Newton did not speak to the media postgame.

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Benjamin's comments with The Athletic brought the conflict into the spotlight.

Panthers tight end Greg Olsen called Benjamin's barbs "weird", adding Sunday (via Panthers.com): "Things didn't work out here for him".

Newton then motioned to Davis to leave and proceeded to follow Benjamin around while talking to him with his hands behind his back for a few moments. Coming off a 9-8 straight up and 9-6-2 against the spread season, the Buffalo Bills open the 2018 preseason with a full-fledged quarterback battle.

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