This offseason has been one unlike any other. A largely virtual experience kicked off the offseason and heading into the preseason, the NFL decided to cancel the preaseason games. Those games are key for players who are competing for a roster spot to display what value they could bring to a team’s roster.
On Saturday morning, in an attempt to drop to 53 players, the Atlanta Falcons announced that quarterback Kurt Benkert was among their cuts. It looked like a sign that Benkert wouldn’t return to Atlanta, but that was not the case.
On Sunday, the Falcons signed Benkert to their practice squad, a league source told The Falcoholic’s Evan Birchfield.
#Falcons are signing QB Kurt Benkert to practice squad, per source.— Evan Birchfield (@EvanBirchfield) September 6, 2020
It’s good to see Benkert back in Atlanta. He’s the closest the team has came to grooming someone behind Matt Ryan in a while. Benkert looked great in the 2019 Hall of Fame game before sustaining a season-ending foot injury. Having preseason games in 2020 would’ve benefited him greatly in his pursuit of the team’s backup quarterback job, currently held by veteran Matt Schaub.
Regardless, it’s good to see a fan-favorite back in Atlanta and ready to compete and grow on the practice squad. Look for Benkert to make a strong push for the No. 2 job next offseason alongside fellow practice squad addition Kyle Lauletta.
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