Cam Newton confronted Kelvin Benjamin in a heated pregame chat


"I wasn't even trying to listen", Benjamin said, via the Panthers website.

In brief action Thursday for both players, Newton went 6-for-9 passing for 84 yards, while Benjamin caught four passes for 59 yards, including a 28-yard touchdown.

The comments that got the attention of Newton and plenty of other people - including Buffalo Coach Sean McDermott - featured this passage: "If you would've put me with any other quarterback, let's be real, you know what I'm saying?"

According to The Charlotte Observer's Jourdan Rodrigue, there was no smiling involved and Benjamin "shrugged [Newton] off mid-sentence" and started to walk away.

Newton did not speak to the media postgame. Benjamin, who has been a good-but-not-great player in his five-year career, believes Newton is inaccurate and without superior football knowledge.

"Moving on from it", Benjamin said repeatedly. "So we'll move forward as a team, and I'm hoping we've already done that".

Benjamin had been pretty critical of the Panthers star in a recent interview.

Benjamin played with Newton for three and a half seasons in Carolina, though one of those was spent on the sidelines due to an ACL tear. I don't know, man ...

Carolina at Buffalo is one of 12 games on the preseason schedule this Thursday night.