Kurt Benkert

Green Bay Packers
Quarterback #6
Green Bay Packers
Quarterback #6

Kurt Benkert News

Signs new contract with Packers

The Packers signed Benkert to a reserve/future contract Tuesday.

Analysis: The quarterback spent the 2021 season on the practice squad while operating as the Packers' third option at his position behind starter Aaron Rodgers and backup Jordan Love. Benkert has yet to attempt a pass in the NFL, but he will now compete for an active roster spot in 2022 where he could be the primary reserve behind Love if Rodgers goes elsewhere.

Jan 25, 2022 3:27 PM EST

Reverts to practice squad

Benkert reverted to the Packers' practice squad on Monday, per the NFL's transaction log.

Analysis: Benkert served as Green Bay's backup quarterback in the absence of Jordan Love (illness) for the team's Week 14 win over Chicago. He did hit the field, but only to kneel down twice to close out the contest.

Dec 13, 2021 6:40 PM EST

Elevated to active roster

Benkert was elevated from the Packers' practice squad to their active roster Tuesday as a replacement for Jordan Love (COVID-19 protocols).

Analysis: Jordan Love tested positive for the virus and was placed in protocols Monday, opening up an opportunity for Benkert to join the active roster. With Aaron Rodgers dealing with a fractured toe, Benkert may be in line to take most of the first-team reps during practice. However, Rodgers is still expected to be the starter while Benkert operates as the backup during gameday. Green Bay also signed quarterback Danny Etling to the practice squad as an emergency option.

Dec 7, 2021 2:13 PM EST

Activated from the COVID-19 list

Benkert was activated from the Packers' practice squad reserve/COVID-19 list Monday.

Analysis: Benkert was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list on Nov. 2. With Aaron Rodgers also now healthy, Benkert will return to his role as 3rd in line on the Packers' depth chart.

Nov 15, 2021 2:06 PM EST

Won't be eligible Week 9

Benkert (illness) was placed on the Packers' practice squad COVID-19/reserve list Tuesday after testing positive for the virus, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Benkert and starting quarterback Aaron Rodgers (illness) have both tested positive and are set to miss Sunday's contest against the Chiefs, so Green Bay will need to sign another option to serve as the No. 2 option. Jordan Love is thus set to draw his first career start Week 9.

Nov 3, 2021 8:10 AM EST

Put on practice squad COVID-19 list

Benkert (undisclosed) was moved to the Packers' practice squad COVID-19/reserve list Tuesday.

Analysis: The reserve quarterback will have to clear the league's protocols before returning to practice. It is not yet known if he tested positive for the virus or if he was deemed to have been in close contact with someone who did.

Nov 2, 2021 2:39 PM EST

Inked to practice squad

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

Waived by Packers

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

Makes final case for roster spot

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

Guaranteed for action Sunday

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

Gets it done in preseason start

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

Likely to start vs. Jets

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

Will get extra reps Monday

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

Another QB to Green Bay

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

Time up in Atlanta

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

Secures future contract

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

Reverts to practice squad

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

Bumps to active roster

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

Signs with Atlanta's practice squad

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

Let go Saturday

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

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