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Players react to Benwikere's release

CHARLOTTE – The Panthers shook up their secondary and in some ways shook up the locker room Friday, waiving third-year cornerback Bene Benwikere and signing rookie cornerback Zack Sanchez from the practice squad.

Here's what players around the locker room had to say about Friday's developments.

LB Thomas Davis

On the business side of football versus the business at hand: "Man, you can never get used to that side of it. You put work in with guys. You've been around guys for a long time. It's always sad and always disappointing when you see a guy go, but at the same time you understand that there is a business side to this and there's a lot that goes into it. We as players just have to show up and do our job.

"They felt like was going to be best for the team moving forward. For Bene and his family, I hope that he catches on somewhere quick, if not with another team than hopefully at some point he'd be able to come back here if that's possible. For right now, we have to make sure as players that we don't get caught up in worrying about the business side of things. We just have to focus on being able to play a good Tampa football team."

CB Zack Sanchez

On his promotion and sudden realization that he may well be starting on Monday Night Football: "I think you just learn the ins-and-outs of the NFL and how crazy things can happen and how fast your number can be called. That was the biggest thing for me, always being ready and putting myself in position to be ready for when it does happen. I'm just excited."

CB Daryl Worley

On his expected start and the highs and lows of his rookie season so far: "The game of football is tough mentally and all of these things come into play with it. With that being said, no matter what it is, you have to be ready to step in and be able to do your job."

CB James Bradberry

On his advice to fellow rookies Worley and Sanchez, expected to start while Bradberry recovers from turf toe: "Just go out there and be confident. At the end of the day, it's football. We've been playing this for a long time. All of our guys are great athletes and great cornerbacks, so you've just got to go out there and know what you're doing and play confident."


CB Teddy Williams

On his step up on the depth chart: "I've been around this league and have been a part of some crazy roster moves. You just never know. You can only control what you can control. All you can do is put your best foot forward and always produce.

"I come in every week, and whether I'm inactive or not, I prepare as if I'm starting. I learned that from veterans when I was young. That's the mindset I carry. The way this league works, they have transactions that happen Saturday night, so you've always got to be ready."

CB Robert McClain

On how Sanchez has looked during his month on the practice squad: "He's been doing well. I've noticed him out there on the scout team going against the ones, and he's been preparing hard, working hard to get ready for his opportunity. I've been watching his technique, and he's been making a lot of plays."

S Kurt Coleman

On the bottom line: "Zack has been around and watched the film with us. He's in there working out five or six times a week. He's put in a lot of hard work. One man's negative is another man's positive, so I'm excited for Zack and the opportunity that he's going to go out there and showcase.

"You always think about it as an opportunity. It is a challenge. We all have challenges ahead of us. How do we go out there and perform as one, as a team?"

View photos from the Panthers' week of practice leading up to their game against Tampa Bay.

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