After the 2021 NFL Draft, Packers general manager Brian Gutekunst had indicated that, Aaron Rodgers situation notwithstanding, the Packers planned on signing more quarterbacks in the near future, and they appear to be taking steps toward doing just that. They’ll bring Kurt Benkert and Chad Kelly to the team’s rookie minicamp this weekend, according to a report from NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero.
Benkert has spent most of the last three seasons on the Atlanta Falcons’ practice squad after going undrafted in 2018. The 6-foot-4, 215-pound prospect spent the first three years of his college career at Eastern Carolina before enrolling at the University of Virginia as a graduate transfer. He started 10 of 11 games for the Cavaliers that year, completing 56.2% of his passes for 2,552 yards, 21 touchdowns and 11 interceptions.
An avid gamer, Benkert was named the best Fortnite player at the 2020 NFLPA Open tournament and still regularly streams a variety of games on his Twitch channel.
Kelly, meanwhile, was the very last pick of the 2017 NFL Draft. He’s spent the bulk of his NFL career to date on the Broncos and Colts practice squads, though he did have a six-game stint on the Broncos’ active roster in 2018.
At 6-foot-2 and 216 pounds, Kelly is most notable for two personal anecdotes: he is the nephew of Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly, and he was arrested after a drunken trespassing incident in 2018 that resulted in a two-game suspension to start the 2019 NFL season.