Packers: The significance of waiving QB Kurt Benkert

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

Well, it appears as though Green Bay Packers fans will now have an idea of what one position group will look like come Week 1.

The team waived backup QB and fan-favorite Kurt Benkert Friday. Benkert, who was adored by fans during his lone season in Green Bay, and deservedly so, was predominantly the No. 3 QB on the depth chart.

The journeyman had his big moment in the green and gold in Week 14 of last season when he was slotted as the No. 2 QB behind Aaron Rodgers for a Sunday night game against the rival Chicago Bears.

After the game was well in hand, Rodgers did what all great teammates do. He approached head coach Matt LaFleur before the team was about take the kneel down.

The future Hall-of-Famer wanted his teammate to take his first-ever snap in the NFL. It was one of the many special moments of the season for Benkert and the Packers.

Green Bay waiving him means there will most likely only be two quarterbacks on the 53-man roster come Week 1 in September: Aaron Rodgers and Jordan Love.

But it also seems to be true that practice squad QB Danny Etling has performed well enough to earn the No. 3 role with Benkert now gone. He will likely be the emergency QB that the Packers will leave on the practice squad.

The fact that the Packers are probably going to roll with two quarterbacks on the final 53-man roster is significant for other positions. This means they are likely going to keep an extra receiver or leave a spot open at another position that is important.

Not to say that these players are selfish in any way, but players like WR Juwann Winfree, WR Malik Taylor, and LB Ty Summers should be happy that there is now another spot open on the roster. They now have more of a fighting chance.

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