The Falcons elevated Benkert to the active roster Saturday. 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.
Benkert agreed to join the Falcons' practice squad Sunday, Evan Birchfield of The Falcoholic reports. Two Cavaliers competed in training camp, but only one could prevail. Matt Schaub, the 2004 draft choice out of Virginia, returns for his age-39 season as the backup to Matt Ryan, while Benkert (undrafted in 2018) 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, but he suffered a toe injury during that contest and landed on injured reserve. Now recovered, Benkert continues his development within the Falcons' organization as he aims to progress to the active roster.
Benkert was waived by the Falcons on Saturday, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports. 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.
Benkert (toe) has received clearance to resume participating in football drills, Kelsey Kramer of Heavy.com reports. 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 in 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.
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. Dimitroff exuded optimism about both Benkert and Danny Etling on Tuesday, and mentioned that they each will "battle for that second or third spot" alongside Matt Schaub. 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, before suffering a severe toe injury during the latter half of the contest. 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.
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