Packers' Final Roster Cuts Include Backup QB

Larry Rupp
Roster cuts for the Green Bay Packers include backup quarterback Kurt Benkert.
Roster cuts for the Green Bay Packers include backup quarterback Kurt Benkert. / Bryan M. Bennett/Getty Images

The time is now for NFL teams to start making their final cuts in preparation for Week 1 of the regular season. Those players battling for the last few roster spots will learn their fate. This is bad news for backup quarterback Kurt Benkert as he was waived by the Green Bay Packers on Tuesday morning.

Packers Roster Cuts

Benkert originally signed with the Packers in May after spending his first three seasons on the Atlanta Falcons' practice squad. Overall, the 26-year-old completed 33 of 48 passes for 300 yards, 1 touchdown and 2 interceptions while taking the majority of Green Bay's snaps in three preseason games.

There is a chance that Benkert returns to Green Bay's practice squad given he clears NFL waivers. However, it wouldn't be surprising to see another team sign him to be the backup. The young signal-caller has shown that he has a strong arm and an ability to scramble out of the pocket when needed.

It's obvious that the Packers have decided to roll with two quarterbacks on the initial 53-man roster. Reigning NFL MVP Aaron Rodgers and 2020 first-round pick Jordan Love will man the quarterback group for Green Bay this season. It's yet to be seen what the team plans to do following the end of 2021.

Green Bay has made each of the last two NFC Championship games, but cannot seem to get over the hump and into the Super Bowl. The Packers currently have odds set at -145 to win the NFC North division and odds set at +1200 to take home the Lombardi Trophy, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.

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