During warm-ups, Newton approached Benjamin on the field and started talking with him. Benjamin didn't want to talk to Newton and he didn't want to talk to reporters about Newton, saying: "I mean, I'm just moving on from it I guess". During pregame warmups, Newton appeared to attempt to make peace with Benjamin, who clearly had no interest in chopping it up with Newton before the Carolina quarterback shrugged off his former WR and gave up on the exchange. The receiver's numbers didn't improve after being thrown into a passing game that ranked 20th in the National Football League last season, finishing his first campaign with the Bills with 217 yards on 16 catches with one touchdown and two games missed with a torn meniscus. I don't know, man ... It just felt like I wasn't in that position.
After calling Newton an inaccurate quaterback, Benjamin followed up his comments by saying he wouldn't have anything to say to Newton prior to Thursday's game. This was not one of them.
Former Carolina Panther DT Star Lotulelei was welcomed with open arms by Luke Kuechly. Charlotte NBC News anchor Nick Carboni posted Benjamin's ripping of Newton on Twitter.
After getting drafted by Carolina in the first round in 2014, Benjamin was sent to Buffalo for two draft picks ahead of the 2017 trade deadline.