The Green Bay Packers have signed free agent quarterback Kurt Benkert, who was released by the New England Patriots earlier this week, following the announcement that Aaron Rodgers will be out of action for the foreseeable future. Packers fans were understandably excited, as they have been left with Brett Hundley as their only option at quarterback.
On Wednesday, the Green Bay Packers signed quarterback Kurt Benkert and tight end Robert Tonyan to the 90-man roster. Both were former undrafted free agents who were at rookie minicamp this year with the Packers. Benkert, a signal caller from Virginia, was a fifth-year senior this past season, after redshirting his freshman year. He transferred to Virginia from Marshall, where he saw limited action and was a backup to current New York Jets quarterback Brett Favre. Benkert was also at rookie minicamp with the Titans and Bills. He decided to go the university route instead of the NFL, and he finished his college career with 4,500 passing yards, 31 touchdowns and 22 interceptions.
We all know the Green Bay Packers have been looking for a backup quarterback for Aaron Rodgers for a long time. With the signing of Kurt Benkert, the Packers may have finally found the player they have been searching for. Benkert has the skills to play the quarterback position. He has the skills to create plays with his legs as well as with his arm. This is a player who has the potential to win games for the Packers, which is exactly what they have been looking for.
The Green Bay Packers’ quarterback situation is precarious, to say the least. Reigning MVP Aaron Rodgers has reportedly told his teammates that he no longer wants to play for the team, though he hasn’t said anything openly about it yet. The team has already contracted veteran Blake Bortles and rookie Kurt Benkert to complete the quarterback roster. Benkert had barely drawn the dotted line or he captured the hearts of Packers fans with his first question.
Who is Kurt Benkert?
Atlanta Falcons quarterback Kurt Benkert (6) is tackled by Miami Dolphins quarterback Cameron Malveaux (75) during an NFL preseason football game between the Miami Dolphins and Atlanta Falcons on 30th Street. August 2018 under pressure at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. (Photo: Todd Kirkland/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images) COMPARED TO: Packers desperate to calm storm around future Aaron Rodgers Kurt Benkert is a 6-foot, 205-pound quarterback who played football at Virginia. He began his career at East Carolina College and is expected to be the team’s starter in 2015. Before the season started, he tore his ACL and missed the year. He transferred to Virginia for the 2016 season and was named a starter in his first year. In 11 games in 2016, Benkert threw for 21 touchdowns and completed 56.2 percent of his passes. He was intercepted 11 times. He had another great season as a senior, with 25 touchdowns and nine rebounds. Benkert set a school record for passing yards per game with 455 in a win over UConn. Benkert was not drafted, but signed with the Atlanta Falcons in May 2018. He was dropped from the team before the season started, but was part of the practice squad. He spent most of the 2020 season on the Falcons’ practice squad. The Packers contracted him last weekend after he trained in minicamp.
Benkert joins Packers inconfusion
COMPARED TO: Mike Holmgren condemns Packers for handling Aaron Rodgers situation The Packers were in a tough spot. Maybe they’ve been there themselves. Maybe Rogers put them there. Either way, they will enter the 2021 season not knowing if their MVP quarterback will fill the center role. Rodgers is at odds with the team, but it’s not clear what the root of the problem is. He is reportedly upset that the team decided to promote and select quarterback Jordan Love in the first round of the 2020 NFL Draft. It is also said that he is not happy with his contract, especially the lack of guaranteed money. Rodgers has three years left and he knows the team can take him out if he gets in trouble and turns to Love. Of course the team will be better with Rodgers, but for now it’s Love, Bortles and Benkert.
His first question shows his loyalty to the Packers
Where can I buy a cheesehead for an 8 month old baby? – Kurt Benkert (@KurtBenkert) May 15, 2021 COMPARED TO: If Aaron Rodgers leaves the Packers, it’s his decision, but if Brian Gutekunst leaves, it better not be Rodgers’ decision The Packers contracted Benkert on Saturday. He’s not the immediate answer if Rodgers doesn’t return to the team, nor does he pretend to be. He’s a free agent and is excited for the chance to play in the NFL again after his brief stint with the Falcons. Benkert has already been denied access to the NFL team, but he continues to pursue that dream. Don’t let the limits others set for you become the limits you set for yourself, he wrote on Twitter. He’s unlikely to be on the Packers’ roster on opening day, especially if Rodgers returns to the club. That won’t stop him. The best advice I can give anyone is to believe in yourself, was another tweet he wrote after signing his new contract. Once the contract was signed, he caught the attention of Packers fans with a question on social media. It wasn’t about the Rogers situation and it wasn’t about the team. He just knew the right question to ask. Where can I buy a cheesehead for an 8-month-old baby, he wrote on Twitter. Consider Benkert a fan favorite now.
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