49ers secure crucial QB depth behind Jimmy Garoppolo: report

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Kurt Benkert arming a Boston College defender.

With Trey Lance officially placed on injured reserve with a broken ankle, San Francisco 49ers general manager John Lynch has opted to further strengthen his quarterback position with the addition of Kurt Benkert, according to NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo.

A fifth-year pro who had previously made stops in Atlanta and Green Bay, Benkert was released by the Packers in June and, after failing to find a new home for the summer, now finds himself with a spot in the 49ers practice squad, where he will serve as QB3 behind Jimmy Garoppolo and 2022 seventh-round pick Brock Purdy.

If the Niners think Purdy is ready to take on a bigger role in the future, the addition of Benkert could prove to be nothing more than added depth as the most important position in the game. However , if the Iowa State product needs more seasoning before he’s ready to play away from full-time action, then Benkert could find himself on the active roster in time for Week 3. and a full-time member of the Niners when a spot on the 53-man roster opens up.


Few expected Kurt Benkert to make it out of college

A two-star freshman out of high school, Benkert received four scholarship offers according to ESPN, including from USF, UCF and Western Kentucky, before eventually committing to play his college ball for Carolina. ballast.

After appearing in just three games as a redshirt rookie in 2014, Benkert was in line to start for the Pirates in 2015 before suffering a premature ACL tear that robbed him of the entire season. From there, the Benkert graduate was transferred to Virginia, where he had 5,817 yards and 42 touchdowns against just 21 interceptions and set the program’s single-season records for passing yards (3,207), completions (298), attempts (509), 200+ yard passing games (nine) and total offense (3,144).

Still, all that success on the field wasn’t enough for Benkert to be drafted, as, despite a sixth-seventh round rating from NFL.com’s Lance Zierlein, he eventually ended up signing with the Falcons as a undrafted free agent.

“Gunslinger who sports an NFL-caliber right arm but needs to work on his marksmanship and decision-making,” Zierlein wrote in his draft profile. “Benkert’s completion totals are disappointing on middle throws, deep throws and against the blitz. He has the arm talent to make all the throws but hasn’t shown any signs of becoming accurate enough to be anything more than a substitute at best.

Fortunately, Benkert’s living arm has kept him in paid employment at the NFL level ever since. Spending most of his time in the practice squad, Benkert had the chance to learn under Matt Ryan and Aaron Rodgers, and soon the 27-year-old will be able to add Garoppolo’s name to that list as well.


The 49ers have spoken a lot about Purdy in the past

Asked about Purdy making the 53-man roster coming out of training camp, Kyle Shanahan had nothing but praise for the reigning Mr. Irrelevant.

“Thank you Brock, how well Brock has played this pre-season,” Shanahan told his team’s official website. “I thought he was going to be on our practice squad, because we were really happy with Nate, but Brock won that job and we were going to start the year with him as number two. And we were good with that, because that’s what he won. But then for Jimmy to be available and know that we could have Jimmy with that experience and what he’s done in the past comes second.

“I don’t think we’ve gone through a year yet here where the quarterback has played every game. Maybe in 19. Yeah, ’19 was the only year. So whoever that backup is, it’s a massive deal and we were excited to go with Brock, but to have a veteran like Jimmy, who’s proven himself in this league, how good a quarterback he is . I can’t think of a better situation.

After keeping his head down and doing his best to showcase his talents during the preseason, Purdy is probably one game away from seeing the field and becoming the most relevant Mr. Irrelevant in the history of the price.

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