Benwikere was released by the Cardinals last week, and now finds a home in a Raiders' secondary which recently lost Leon Hall (back) for the season. The 2014 fifth-round pick showed some flashes during his time with Arizona, and could realistically see a notable role in Oakland's defense at some point in 2018.
Benwikere was released by the Cardinals on Monday, Darren Urban of the team's official site reports.
Benwikere started the season strong, but he struggled with consistent tackling and coverage in recent weeks. Coach Steve Wilks said that "as the year has gone on you can see the inconsistency there," with reference to Benwikere's play. The 2014 fifth-round pick will be free to search for a role elsewhere in the league if he goes unclaimed on waivers.
Benwikere recorded eight tackles during Sunday's loss to Kansas City.
Benwikere continues to see a heightened role in the Cardinals secondary and his production has prospered as a result. Since Week 3, the fifth-year cornerback hasn't seen less than 58 snaps in a game and is currently averaging 5.5 tackles per game. Benwikere should continue to see quite a bit of attention playing opposite All-Pro corner Patrick Peterson.
Benwikere saw 65 defensive snaps in Week 4 with Jamar Taylor (back) leaving early. Taylor is questionable this week, so Benwikere could see a large workload again. If he can't go, expect Brandon Williams and Deatrick Nichols to both see increased time.
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