I keep hearing how many of us want Bene to go back to being our nickel corner. I've listened to some Charlotte sports talk, and they figure Charles Tillman will start opposite Norman, pretty much removing Bene without much thought whatsoever. (Not that I'm saying Tillman would be bad by any means. I'm quite confident in his ability. In fact, he is better than Bene right now.)
I think it would be a mistake to put Bene back at the nickel. This guy is brimming on top corner ability. It is very rare to have a guy like this at such a young age in NFL standards. I want him to continue to progress in that. To me, moving him back to being a part time nickel seems like we would put a lid on him. Not that I believe his talent would regress or anything, but I just don't want to move him from that spot. What I saw from him in his starts last year was downright incredible. He legitimized our young secondary when Cason and White left it a gaping hole earlier in the season. He has the skills of a true shut down corner, and I want him to continue to develop that in remaining our starter. Now where would Tillman play if Bene is still the starter? I've said before Tillman should take Harper's spot. I wouldn't mind if Tillman took Boston's spot in the starting lineup because Tillman should definitely start. Just not at the cost of Bene's spot.