Sport Benjamin, Newton renew feud in Panthers 28-23 win over Bills

06:05  10 august  2018
06:05  10 august  2018 Source:   ap.org

Cam Newton responds to former teammate's criticism

  Cam Newton responds to former teammate's criticism Earlier on Saturday, former Carolina Panthers wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin put Cam Newton on blast. “It was a bad fit from the get-go.

Bills acquire Kelvin Benjamin in trade with Panthers before deadline. 28 . Buccaneers ( 23 ): QB Jameis Winston has five turnovers since he injured throwing shoulder in Week 6. Bucs have eight giveaways in current 6. Rams (7): Their last two games were in Jacksonsville and London, both wins .

Buffalo Bills . Carolina Panthers . Chicago Bears. Cincinnati Bengals. Cam Newton mostly kept his thoughts about the deal to himself and told reporters “it’s a business.” With a win Thursday over the New York Jets, the team would move into a tie for the AFC East lead.

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ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. — Bills receiver Kelvin Benjamin's feud with former teammate Panthers quarterback Cam Newton continued before and during Carolina's preseason-opening 28-23 win against Buffalo on Thursday night.

First, the two exchanged words on the field about 90 minutes before kickoff. Then they each played key roles in touchdowns drives in the first quarter.

Benjamin caught four passes for 59 yards, including a 28-yard touchdown reception from Nathan Peterman on Buffalo's first possession. Benjamin scored by beating former Bills cornerback Kevon Seymour off the line, and was open when catching the pass at the 2 up the left sideline.

McDermott unhappy with Benjamin criticizing Panthers, Newton

  McDermott unhappy with Benjamin criticizing Panthers, Newton Buffalo Bills coach Sean McDermott is not pleased with receiver Kelvin Benjamin questioning why the Carolina Panthers drafted him, and criticizing former teammate Cam Newton's accuracy.McDermott says ''there's a time and a place'' to discuss those things, adding ''this was not one of them.'' McDermott says he's informed Benjamin this is not how he wants his players to air their grievances.

As Newton ’s production in the passing game showed, replacing Benjamin is going to take some time. Receiver Devin Funchess led the Panthers in receiving yards (86) Lions receiver Marvin Jones (11) hauls in a touchdown catch over Packers cornerback Damarious Randall ( 23 ) during the second half.

By James Dator Aug 7, 2018, 9: 28 am EDT. It’s been a while since Kelvin Benjamin made headlines, but the Bills ’ receiver did that over the weekend when he took a shot at Panthers quarterback Cam Newton — seemingly blaming the former MVP for his lack of recent success.

Newton responded on the next possession, completing 4 of 5 attempts for 67 yards as part of an 85-yard drive capped by Christian McCaffrey's 2-yard run.

The bad blood between the two emerged last week when Benjamin criticized Newton's accuracy and questioned why the Panthers used a first-round pick to draft Benjamin in 2014. It was the latest time Benjamin has voiced his frustrations since forcing his trade to Buffalo in October.

Before the game, a video posted by The Charlotte Observer showed Benjamin chatting with Panthers linebacker Thomas Davis when Newton approached the two and attempted to shake Benjamin's hand. Newton waved away Davis, and then had a brief discussion with Benjamin before the receiver began walking away.

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  Shannon Sharpe destroys Kelvin Benjamin: 'You ate yourself out of a job' The backlash over his comments about former teammate Cam Newton continues to be intense for Buffalo Bills receiver Kelvin Benjamin. As you’re likely aware, Benjamin took some serious shots at his former quarterback over the weekend, essentially saying he would have had a much better start to his career with any other quarterback than Newton.

The Philadelphia Eagles earned a statement win Thursday night when they defeated the Carolina Panthers 28 - 23 at Bank of America Stadium cornerback Jalen Mills, and the second, which featured a near-pick to Malcolm Jenkins, ended when Newton missed McCaffrey short over the middle on

23 . Ben Roethlisberger. CHARLOTTE, NC - SEPTEMBER 22: Cam Newton #1 of the Carolina Panthers stands on the sidelines with his trademark Gatorade towel during the final minute of a win over the New York Giants during play at Bank of America Stadium on September 22, 2013 in

Newton followed and the two talked again. The discussion ended when Benjamin shrugged and turned to walk away, and Newton waved his hand at the receiver's back.

Newton finished 6 of 9 for 84 yards in two series. He was nearly intercepted on Carolina's second possession when he overthrew tight end Greg Olsen over the middle. Jordan Poyer got a hand on the ball, but was unable to bring it in to his body.

The Panthers overcame a 17-7 first-half deficit and went ahead for good on C.J. Anderson's 4-yard run 2:19 into the fourth quarter. Mose Frazier caught a 26-yard touchdown pass from backup Garrett Gilbert, and Elijah Hood sealed the win with a 21-yard TD reception from Taylor Heinicke with 5:05 left.

Stephen Hauschka hit a 26-yard field goal and backup running back Marcus Murphy scored on a 7-yard run in the final minute of the first half.


One of the biggest cheers went up when Buffalo's first-round draft pick Josh Allen took over the offense to open the second half. On his first snap, Allen faked a handoff and then showed off his strong arm by sailing a 50-yard pass intended for Robert Foster that just went out of bounds at the left sideline.

VIDEO: Beef Between Cam Newton And Kelvin Benjamin Seems to Have Escalated

  VIDEO: Beef Between Cam Newton And Kelvin Benjamin Seems to Have Escalated It's on.

What does this mean for the Panthers ? It means that Cam Newton is going to have to count on Devin Funchess and Curtis Samuel for the bulk of the receiving workload, and that’s not ideal. Benjamin gives Taylor a big, physical target — and one who can help the Bills keep winning .

It may be business, but the Panthers may be better off without Benjamin . Newton turned in his best 28 . Buccaneers ( 23 ): QB Jameis Winston has five turnovers since he injured throwing shoulder in Week 6 11. Falcons (14): After an ugly jaunt through AFC East over last month, only team that hasn't

Allen finished 9 of 19 for 116 yards, and hit Ray-Ray McCloud III for a 14-yard touchdown with 1:10 left.

Buffalo traded up five spots to select the Wyoming product with the No. 7 pick. Still considered raw, Allen is being brought along slowly and has spent a majority of the offseason working with the third-string offense.


Panthers: Receiver DJ Moore, a first-round pick out of Maryland, had one catch on three targets for 6 yards.

Bills: Defensive tackle Harrison Phillips, a third-round pick out of Stanford, had a drive-ending 9-yard sack of Gilbert in the second quarter.


Panthers: Gilbert went 7 of 12 for 93 yards and a touchdown in four series in the competition to replace Derek Anderson as Newton's backup. Heinicke went 7 of 9 for 121 yards and a touchdown.

Bills: Peterman, Buffalo's returning backup, went 9 of 10 for 119 yards and an interception over two drives. Free-agent addition A.J. McCarron went 7 of 10 for 116 yards in two drives to close the first half. Peterman and McCarron have split time with the starters all offseason.


Panthers: S Damian Parms did not return after hurting his shoulder in the second half. CB LaDarius Gunter did not return after being placed in concussion protocol in the third quarter.

Bills: DT John Hughes limped off and did not return midway through the fourth quarter.


Players on both teams stood for the national anthem.


Panthers: Host Miami on Aug. 17.

Bills: At Cleveland on Aug. 17.


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Cam Newton responds to Kelvin Benjamin: ‘I wish him the best’ .
Once inseparable friends and teammates, Cam Newton and Kelvin Benjamin have become estranged lately. Benjamin made some surprisingly harsh comments about Newton and the Panthers in an interview with the Athletic recently. Before their preseason matchup, Newton met Benjamin on the field to talk it out, but it appeared Benjamin had no interest in mending fences.After the game, Benjamin dodged questions about what was said during the confrontation. Newton, for his part, avoided the media entirely.Now, Cam is speaking out about his former No. 1 wide receiver.

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