Backup quarterback Kurt Benkert balled out for the Green Bay Packers in the preseason but was a surprise cut.
Benkert should have already been contacted by the Houston Texans as they get ready for their first game against the Jacksonville Jaguars next Sunday. Benkert was part of the group of free-agent QB’s that were brought in case Aaron Rodgers’ holdout actually came to fruition.
Benkert as a QB3 did a phenomenal job and was moving the chains back in the game in which they played the Texans at home in Week 1. Here are Benkert’s stats on the preseason:
- 33 completions on 48 attempts (68.7% completion rate
- 1 Touchdown
- 2 interceptions
- 300 yards passing
His best game was against the New York Jets where he accumulated 151 of those 300 total yards on the preseason. Mind you that most of his action was limited to playing a half in each game after Jordan Love started for the team.
Besides, what’s the worst that can happen? The Texans bring him in on a cheap contract and he doesn’t do well? It’s a much better option than the alternative.
The current alternative of only carrying two QB’s who will actually play is not a good idea for the Houston Texans
Tyrod Taylor has shown in the past that he can be a serviceable starter. When he took the Buffalo Bills to the playoffs in 2017 for the first time since the1999 season, he showed that he can help jumpstart a team. Look for Taylor to do just that heading into the 2021 season.
Meanwhile, rookie quarterback and third-round pick Davis Mills looked rough in the preseason as a rookie normally does. Mills just simply needs more time and with Deshaun Watson slated to be inactive on the bench the entire season, a roster spot should be made for Benkert.
This team has no reason to carry 4 running backs, Rex Burkhead should have been a part of the 53-man roster cuts, as his play in the preseason was uninspiring, and was hardly on the field to begin with.
If Benkert turns into a star like former Packer (and now New Orleans Saints QB) Taysom Hill is, then the Texans may just have landed a great passer for the future.