The Carolina Panthers announced on Tuesday that they had signed cornerback Robert McClain to replace the injured Bene Benwikere, who was placed on injured reserve according to the team's website. Benwikere suffered a fractured leg against the Atlanta Falcons and was playing in place of injured Charles Tillman.
McClain is someone who is familiar to the Panthers' organization after he was drafted in the seventh round by the organization in 2010. He then went on to start two games for them as a rookie but was released prior to the 2011 season. After a short stint with the Jacksonville Jaguars, he played three seasons with the Atlanta Falcons. McClain has played in 61 games and has 201 total career tackles, three forced fumbles and three interceptions, according to ESPN.
McClain is someone that has been on the Panthers radar for a few weeks now as he worked out last month along with Cortland Finnegan and Bradley Fletcher. The team eventually decided to sign Finnegan but saw enough to bring in McClain today.
The Panthers are in a tough situation and if Tillman is not able to go, it wouldn't be a surprise to see McClain get the start on the outside. Finnegan does have experience there but he has played very well at the nickel position the past two games and the coaching staff may be hesitant to move him from there.
If McClain does not get the start, the team will most likely turn to Teddy Williams, however he has never started at cornerback and has played only a total of 50 snaps at the position, 49 of which have come this year.