Benjamin says he "wasn't even trying to listen" to what Newton had to say.
Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton took some time before last night's preseason opener against the Buffalo Bills to confront his former teammate, wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin. However, Benjamin was not interested in listening to what Newton had to say.
In an interview with The Athletic's Tim Graham last week, the Bills wide receiver explained that he wished he hadn't been drafted by the Panthers and lamented the fact that he had to play with a QB like Newton.
Benjamin told Graham,
"I mean, I felt like I would’ve been even more successful if … I don’t know, man … If I would’ve … Looking back on it, I should’ve just been drafted by somebody else. I should’ve never went to Carolina. Truly, I just think Carolina was bad for me. It was a bad fit from the get-go. If you would’ve put me with any other quarterback, let’s be real, you know what I’m saying? Any other accurate quarterback like Rodgers or Eli Manning or Big Ben — anybody! — quarterbacks with knowledge, that know how to place a ball and give you a better chance to catch the ball. It just felt like I wasn’t in that position."
Last night, Newton walked up to Benjamin while he was speaking with Panthers linebacker Thomas Davis, who “walked away to allow them the opportunity to talk things out," according to Panthers.com. Despite Newton's attempts, Benjamin showed little interest in having any conversation.
Of his impromptu "meeting" with Cam, Benjamin told reporters after the game, “I wasn’t even trying to listen."
Check out footage of their brief chat in the video embedded below.