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The Packers signed Benkert to the practice squad Wednesday, Howard Balzer of SI.com reports.
Analysis: Benkert logged a solid preseason in Green Bay, but he never had a real chance to beat our 2020 first-round pick Jordan Love for the No. 2 spot. Instead, he will get a chance to continue his development with the Packers on the scout team.
Sep 2, 2021 4:06 AM EST
Benkert was waived by the Packers on Tuesday, Paul Bretl of CheeseheadTV reports.
Analysis: Benkert made a strong case for a spot on the Packers' roster, but the Packers are comfortable heading into Week 1 with only Aaron Rodgers and Jordan Love at the quarterback position. According to Tom Pelissero of NFL Network, though, the team is planning to offer him a spot on the practice squad if he passes through waivers unclaimed.
Aug 31, 2021 7:17 AM EST
Benkert completed 7 of 11 passes for 61 yards in Saturday's exhibition finale against the Bills.
Analysis: Benkert did not stand out in Saturday's contest, but he did play well enough to keep his hopes of earning a roster spot alive. Should he make the cut, he will open the season as the Packers' third quarterback. If he does not, he could be claimed off waivers by another team, or would likely land a spot on the Packers' practice squad.
Aug 29, 2021 10:50 AM EST
Coach Matt LaFleur said Benkert "will definitely play" in Sunday's preseason finale against Buffalo regardless of the availability of Jordan Love (shoulder), Ryan Wood of the Green Bay Press-Gazette reports.
Analysis: Benkert's playing time will be determined in large part by Love's availability, however. If Love cleared to suit up he stands to stay in for the first half, and potentially into the third quarter, at which point Benkert would enter the contest as a relief option. If Love can't go, however, Benkert would stand to draw the start while Jacob Dolegala operates as his backup.
Aug 26, 2021 9:38 AM EST
Benkert completed 18 of 25 passes for 151 yards in Saturday's preseason game against the Jets. He added four carries for six yards and tossed a touchdown pass but also threw an interception in the game.
Analysis: With the Packers' top two quarterbacks, Aaron Rodgers and Jordan Love (shoulder) out of uniform Saturday, Benkert started the game and wound up playing all but one series. His numbers weren't stellar, but he did show some poise and more than held his own. Benkert will not challenge Love for the backup spot as long as Love is healthy, but he has shown enough during training camp for the Packers to consider giving him a roster spot.
Aug 22, 2021 9:02 AM EST
Benkert looks set to start Saturday's preseason contest against the Jets, Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: The Packers aren't expect to play Aaron Rodgers during the preseason, and coach Matt LaFleur said it's "probably unlikely" that Jordan Love (shoulder) will be available Saturday, in which case Benkert will operate as the de facto starter. He completed eight of 12 passes for 88 yards against Buffalo last weekend, but also lost a fumble and threw an interception.
Aug 19, 2021 10:09 AM EST
Benkert will see extra reps at Monday's practice, Ryan Wood of the Green Bay Press-Gazette reports.
Analysis: Fellow quarterback Jordan Love will not practice Monday due to a shoulder injury, so Benkert will get the chance to take any reps starting quarterback Aaron Rodgers does not. Benkert completed a respectable 8 of 12 passes for 88 yards in the Packers' preseason opener last week, but he also threw an interception and lost a fumble. It's not a given the Packers will head into Week 1 with three quarterbacks, but the extra reps will give Benkert more opportunities to convince them to do so.
Aug 16, 2021 10:09 AM EST
The Packers and Benkert agreed to terms on a contract Saturday, per the quarterback's personal Twitter account.
Analysis: Benkert joins Blake Bortles, another recent tryout, behind Aaron Rodgers and Jordan Love on Green Bay's depth chart. The soon-to-be 26-year-old spent the 2020 campaign on Atlanta's practice squad.
May 15, 2021 11:47 AM EST
The Falcons waived Benkert on Thursday, ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: Benkert spent the 2020 campaign on Atlanta's practice squad. He's been searching for a chance to make his NFL debut since entering the league back in 2019.
Feb 18, 2021 2:25 PM EST
The Falcons signed Benkert to a reserve/future contract Monday, Will McFadden of the team's official site reports.
Analysis: Benkert has yet to make his NFL debut since entering the league as an undrafted free agent in 2018. The 25-year-old will compete to be Matt Ryan's backup in 2021.
Jan 4, 2021 12:49 PM EST
Benkert reverted to the Falcons' practice squad Monday, per the NFL's official transaction report.
Analysis: The quarterback ended up being inactive for Sunday's loss after being called up to the active roster over the weekend. Both Matt Ryan and Matt Schaub are healthy so Benkert's presence on the active roster may not be needed in the coming weeks.
Nov 23, 2020 7:19 PM EST
The Falcons elevated Benkert to the active roster Saturday.
Analysis: Both Matt Ryan and Matt Schaub are healthy for Sunday's game against the Saints, so it's a curious move by the Falcons. Nevertheless, the 25-year-old quarterback will suit up for his first NFL game Sunday.
Nov 21, 2020 2:44 PM EST
Benkert agreed to join the Falcons' practice squad Saturday, Evan Birchfield of The Falcoholic reports.
Analysis: Two Cavaliers competed in training camp, but only one could prevail. Matt Schaub, the 2003 graduate from Virginia, returns for his age-39 season as the backup to Matt Ryan, while Benkert (of the 2017 class) is relegated to a practice squad role. Benkert completed 19 of 34 passes for 185 yards and a touchdown in last year's preseason opener against the Broncos, before he suffered a toe injury and landed on injured reserve. Now recovered from injury, the 25-year-old Benkert continues his development within the Falcons' organization.
Sep 6, 2020 7:34 PM EST
Benkert was waived by the Falcons on Saturday, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: It would have been a major surprise to see Benkert unseat Matt Schaub for the backup role so Saturday's announcement doesn't come as much of a surprise. Expect to see the undrafted free agent end up on the team's practice squad to start the season.
Sep 5, 2020 10:57 AM EST
Benkert (toe) has received clearance to resume participating in football drills, Kelsey Kramer of Heavy.com reports.
Analysis: Benkert missed the entire 2019 regular season after sustaining a significant toe injury during the Falcons' preseason opener against Denver, during which he put together a solid performance (completing 19 of 34 passes for 185 yards and a score). General manager Thomas Dimitroff said earlier in the offseason that he expects Benkert to compete with Matt Schaub and Danny Etling for the backup quarterback job in 2020, though the possibility of Atlanta drafting additional competition also can't be ruled out.
Apr 7, 2020 1:38 PM EST
General manager Thomas Dimitroff stated Tuesday that he expects Benkert to compete for the backup quarterback job in 2020, Kelsey Conway of the Falcons' official site reports.
Analysis: Dimitroff exuded optimistic about both Benkert and Danny Etling on Tuesday, and mentioned that they each will "battle for that second or third spot." Benkert made a positive impression during his lone preseason appearance of 2019, throwing for 185 yards and one touchdown while committing zero turnovers against the Broncos on Aug. 1. Dimitroff did not necessarily rule out the possibility of Atlanta acquiring a QB via the draft, but Benkert has his name firmly planted on the GM's radar heading into the new league year.
Feb 25, 2020 4:15 PM EST
Benkert (toe) suffered an injury during Atlanta's exhibition opener against Denver, and he did not end up making another appearance during his second NFL season out of Virginia.
Analysis: The 24-year-old signal-caller put forth an encouraging season debut by completing 19 of 34 passes for 185 yards and a touchdown during the Hall of Fame Game on Aug. 1, but unfortunately he lost the rest of 2019 due to what NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported to be a "major" toe injury. Granted, Benkert had a limited body of work in 2019, but he vastly improved upon the 43.8 percent completion rate and 0:4 TD:INT stat line he established during the 2018 preseason. Still yet to appear in a regular-season contest, Benkert remains under contract with the Falcons for one more year at a cap hit of $510,000.
Jan 11, 2020 1:54 PM EST
Benkert (toe) was placed placed on injured reserve by the Falcons on Tuesday, Will McFadden of the team's official site reports.
Analysis: Benkert suffered a major toe injury during Thursday's preseason opener, and will have to sit out at least the first eight games of the season with the placement on IR. The team signed Matt Simms on Saturday to back up Matt Ryan and Matt Schaub, confirming the serious injury for Benkert. The Virginia product will likely be stashed on the IR as long as he's out, in order for the Falcons to keep him on the roster.
Aug 6, 2019 3:51 PM EST
Benkert suffered a "major" toe injury during Thursday's preseason opener against the Broncos, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Analysis: The Falcons signed Matt Simms on Saturday which seems to reinforce the notion Benkert's injury is serious. The 2018 undrafted free agent was pushing Matt Schaub for the backup role behind Matt Ryan, but it seems likely this news will put a damper on that possibility. Don't be surprised if the Falcons do eventually place Benkert on injured reserve in order to stash the young quarterback.
Aug 3, 2019 11:48 AM EST
Benkert completed 19-of-34 passes for 185 yards and a touchdown in Thursday's preseason opener versus the Broncos, however he suffered a toe injury in the fourth quarter and will not return, William McFadden of the Falcons' official site reports.
Analysis: The Falcons opted to rest Matt Ryan for the exhibition contest, which resulted in a healthy workload for Benkert. He currently sits behind Matt Shaub as the No. 3 quarterback on the depth chart, so the Falcons likely wanted to see what he could do with the opportunity. Shaub came in to close out the game following his injury.
Aug 1, 2019 7:54 PM EST
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