Panthers Benwikere’s temper boils over in steamy Spartanburg practice

Benwikere 0814SPARTANBURG, SC (WCCB Charlotte) — Bene Benwikere took exception with a hit during Sunday morning’s practice.

And Ron Rivera saw emotion from his third year defensive back that he did not want to see.

“At the end of the day, the Panthers don’t play the Panthers,” Rivera said. “And I think that’s the thing that we lost sight of today.”

Benwikere was taking exception to chip blocks by the tight ends in drills according to the Charlotte Observer. Benwikere’s temper boiled over and needed to be calmed down by teammate Thomas Davis.

“This was really the result of over-enthusiastic play, which, at this point in training camp, we don’t need unless I make it a live drill,” Rivera said.

Rivera says he will not change the schedule of practice and intends to have players in full-pads for Monday’s practice.

“It’s what we like to say is the dog days of training camp,” wide receiver Damiere Byrd said. “It’s hot and everyone sees the light at the end of the tunnel as far as as going back up to Charlotte. It gets chippy and competitive.”

The team has two practices left in Spartanburg including Monday’s practice that begins at 9:25 am.

Carolina’s second preseason game is Saturday at Tennessee with kickoff set for 3 p.m. and can be seen on WCCB-TV — an official television partner of the Carolina Panthers.