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Bene Benwikere is moving on to Cincinnati. (Getty Images)

It’s been a frustrating fall for cornerback Bené Benwikere.

He began last season as a starter for the defending NFC champion Carolina Panthers and lost his job with them after a nightmare game trying to cover Atlanta’s Julio Jones. The Dolphins immediately snatched him up, but he never got on the field. Now he’s off to Cincinnati, where he signed today.

Miami picked up Benwikere, 25, at a time when it badly needed cornerback help, but his arrival coincided with Byron Maxwell’s resurgence. He was inactive his first three weeks with the Dolphins and spent the rest of the year on the practice squad.

“He needs to show us that he’s ready to play,” defensive coordinator Vance Joseph said in December. “If he does that, we can bring him up and he can help us, hopefully. But he was brought in to be in that role (of a nickel corner). So, hopefully going forward he can prove he can help us and we’ll play him.”

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The Carolina Panthers on Friday released starting cornerback Bene’ Benwikere, less than a week after the team gave up 300 yards receiving to Atlanta’s Julio Jones.

Benwikere’s roster spot was filled by cornerback Zack Sanchez, who was signed from the practice squad. The Panthers host the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Monday night.

Benwikere was credited by Pro Football Focus with giving up 220 of Jones’ 300 yards.

Panthers coach Ron Rivera said the staff discussed where it was with the secondary over the past couple of days and “decided to move on.”

“We’ve got a group of young guys that we’re looking to play and get them out on the football field,” Rivera said. “It’s something we feel we needed to do as we go forward.

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