Former Packers QB makes hilarious Caleb Williams prediction for 2024

Chicago Bears quarterback Caleb Williams
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First-overall pick Caleb Williams enters the NFL with high expectations. The Chicago Bears believe they have found their franchise quarterback.

Green Bay Packers fans have heard it all before.

Whether it was Mitch Trubisky, Justin Fields, or now Williams, Bears fans are great at "winning" the offseason. As of yet, it hasn't translated to wins against the Packers.

There's good reason for the optimism about Williams. He has huge upside. But until he plays, that's all it is. He must now prove it, and the Bears don't have a good track record of developing quarterbacks.

In the meantime, former Packers quarterback Kurt Benkert weighed in with a bold prediction.

Kurt Benkert believes Sam Darnold will have better season than Caleb Williams

Benkert doesn't believe Williams will make a fast start to his rookie season. In fact, he thinks Sam Darnold will have a better year as long as he starts every game.

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Darnold is currently the Minnesota Vikings' starting quarterback, although first-round pick J.J. McCarthy could replace him at any time. If the Vikings take a page out of the Packers' book and let McCarthy sit for a year or two, it will remain Darnold's job for the foreseeable future.

It's quite the prediction from Benkert.

While Darnold is more experienced and has a strong supporting cast, Williams has plenty of help, too. Chicago's receiving trio of DJ Moore, Keenan Allen, and Rome Odunze is as good as any. Darnold benefits from throwing to the best receiver in football, Justin Jefferson, and breakout candidate Jordan Addison.

But the Vikings are also relying on Aaron Jones to stay healthy, something he couldn't do last season.

It's one of the best offenses Darnold has played in, but he has never been able to hold onto a starting job in the NFL. He made 38 starts for the New York Jets, throwing for 8,097 yards, 45 touchdowns, and 39 interceptions, going 13-25 in those games.

Williams has unlimited upside, although it's fair to assume he needs time to adjust to the NFL game and build chemistry with his receivers. Expecting MVP-level play from Day 1 is unrealistic. But will he be worse than Darnold?

It will be hilarious for Packers fans if Darnold does outperform Williams. Time will tell.

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