Atlanta Falcons officially add Benkert to IR
Kurt Benkert turned a lot of heads and had Atlanta Falcons twitter going crazy after his performance in last Thursday’s Pro Football Hall of Fame game.
When we say Benkert turned heads of Atlanta Falcons fans, we aren’t speaking in a way that there would be a quarterback controversy between him and Matt Ryan. Simply, he obviously has improved since the last time we saw him on the field and he was much better than current backup Matt Schaub.
Unfortunately, the Falcons confirmed today that Benkert is headed to the IR and is going to be done for the season.
Not really a big blow in terms of seasonal success as Matt Ryan is what makes this franchise go, but definitely a blow to Benkert himself and the thousands of hours he has put in to put himself in a position to make an NFL active roster and the right to backup Ryan.
The good news for Kurt Benkert is that he will have a real opportunity in 2020 to become the Falcons backup quarterback should he have another year of progression like he did coming in 2019. The Falcons will more than likely move on from the then 39 year old Matt Schaub as he has no guarantees after 2019.
We obviously know that the team decided to bring back Matt Simms, again, in order to have another camp arm. Simms is not capable of beating out Matt Schaub for the backup QB spot on this roster and the last time he was in Atlanta, he was unable of moving the ball against inferior talent in the AAF.
Tough blow for the young Benkert, but as well know, if Matt Ryan was to go down, the ship more than likely goes down with him. We do wish Benkert is able to fully recover from this setback and be ready to roll in 2020.