Packers: Kurt Benkert on the money for TD to Jace Sternberger

Green Bay Packers, Kurt Benkert (Photo by Quinn Harris/Getty Images)
Green Bay Packers, Kurt Benkert (Photo by Quinn Harris/Getty Images) /

Packers QB Kurt Benkert had an excellent first half in the second preseason game, highlighted by a beautiful touchdown pass to TE Jace Sternberger.

It was the Kurt Benkert show during the first half of the Green Bay Packers‘ preseason game against the New York Jets.

Benkert impressed in the opening two quarters, completing 12 of his 16 passes for 103 yards and a touchdown with a passer rating of 112.2.

With Aaron Rodgers being rested during the preseason and Jordan Love out with a shoulder injury, Benkert got the start and he’s made the most of his opportunity.

At times, if he had a 12 on his jersey, he wouldn’t have looked out of place. Benkert made a couple of Aaron Rodgers-level throws, including a beautiful touchdown pass to tight end Jace Sternberger.

Benkert hit Sternberger with a perfectly-weighted pass in to the back corner of the end zone, placing it over Jets defenders and into the arms of the Packers’ third-year tight end.

Benkert making a strong case for Packers roster spot

With another impressive showing by Benkert, he is making a strong case for a spot on the Packers’ initial 53-man roster.

The TD pass wasn’t Benkert’s only impressive play of the first half. Talk about playing like Aaron Rodgers.

How about a throw on the run down the sideline to Malik Taylor for a gain of 23 yards?

For a while, it seemed like Green Bay would keep two quarterbacks, Rodgers and Love. But how can the team cut Benkert and expect him to make the practice squad? It simply isn’t going to happen. Other teams would love to add Benkert to their roster and develop him as a backup.

The Packers might have no choice but to keep him on the roster. And he’s not done yet. There’s still another two quarters of action ahead of us at Lambeau Field.