Benkert was elevated from the Packers' practice squad to their active roster Tuesday as a replacement for Jordan Love (COVID-19 protocols). 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 on game day. Green Bay also signed quarterback Danny Etling to the practice squad as an emergency option.
Benkert was activated from the Packers' practice squad COVID-19 list Monday. Benkert was placed on the COVID-19 list on Nov. 2. With Aaron Rodgers also now healthy and Blake Bortles cut from the practice squad, Benkert slots back in as the No. 3 option in the positional pecking order.
The Packers signed Benkert to the practice squad Wednesday, Howard Balzer of SI.com reports. 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.
Benkert completed 7 of 11 passes for 61 yards in Saturday's exhibition finale against the Bills. 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.
Benkert looks set to start Saturday's preseason contest against the Jets, Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com reports. 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.
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