Sign in to follow this  
Followers 0
birdz4i

Falcons QB Opens Up on Battling Back From Injury

12 posts in this topic

 

Kurt Benkert

gettyKurt Benkert #6 of the Atlanta Falcons.

 

 

After a long recovery, Atlanta Falcons quarterback Kurt Benkert is finally cleared to play for the upcoming 2020 season and is ecstatic to step back on the field again. Benkert injured his toe early on last year during the Falcons first preseason game.

Unfortunately, it was such a bad injury he ended up having to get surgery that basically reconstructed his big toe. He was out for the entire season.

His time spent in the preseason game prior to his injury and Atlanta’s 12-10 loss made an impression. He ended up leading the offense to all 10 of its points and threw for 185 yards with one touchdown pass to Brian Hill.

 

Realizing he would be out for the remainder of the season, Benkert and head coach Dan Quinn came to an agreement that he still wanted to play once he was healthy and Quinn wanted him to stick around—noting he had a promising future ahead.

 

‘Not the End of the World’

This wasn’t the first season-ending injury for Benkert, quite frankly it wasn’t the worst for him either. You see, Benkert was set to become the record-breaking, starting quarterback for East Carolina University but tore his ACL a week before the season opener—an injury that would change his career’s path forever.

This toe injury didn’t affect Benkert’s outlook on life, though it did suck. He continued to stay positive throughout the recovery process.

“The one in college was the hardest one because there’s so much uncertainty as a college player, you don’t know, Benkert said. Is this going to affect me getting into the NFL? How are people going to view me? You start thinking to yourself, are you injury prone? That was kind of just a freak injury.”

“The one in the preseason (2019) I got tackled wrong and there was nothing I could do. But a non-contact injury (ACL) is a little scary. But knock on wood I haven’t had anything like that happen since so it’s been good to kind of get over that hump. I know that if I get injured again later on down the line, I’m going to overcome it. So it’s not like it’s the end of the world. It was hard when I was young though.”

 

On Learning From Teammates

Before signing with the Falcons, Benkert already had high hopes about coming to Atlanta and getting the chance to learn from veteran quarterbacks like Matt Ryan and Matt Schaub.

Now, he gets to watch and learn from Ryan and Schaub day in and day out.

“Matt (Ryan) will chime in when he feels like he needs to. He’s very by the book on how he does things. So if he sees you being too risky or not going by the black and white way of doing it, he’s going to say like “hey this is kind of how I would do it and how I’ve done it” He’s very much like a coach. He’s been helpful.”

He also gets to learn and play alongside high-profile receivers such as Julio Jones and Calvin Ridley.

“Julio, he’s like a coach on the field. For how talented he is, you would expect him to not have to be so perfect on how he does things, but he’s like a perfectionist. And I think that rubs off on everybody.”

“Calvin loves football. You can tell it’s not just a paycheck to him. He loves it. He wants to play well and he wants to make big plays. He wants to win. I think that’s the cool thing about both of those guys. They’re at different points in their career but they approach it the same way.”

 

No. 1 Goal for 2020

After nearly a year of not being able to play football, Benkert is more than ready to get back out there.

However, he will have some competition this offseason with Atlanta’s other QBs, Schaub and Danny Etling. He’s not worried about competing. He’s focused on himself and his main goal is to be as accurate as possible.

“I just want to have a high completion percentage throughout all of offseason and just take care of the football. I know that I can make big plays. I can make big plays with my feet, throwing it out of the pocket, but I just want to show consistency through everything and just that I can take care of the ball. I think that’ll do enough on its own.”

 

 

https://heavy.com/sports/2020/03/atlanta-falcons-qb-kurt-benkert/

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
1 minute ago, Artys Arryn said:

Pulling for Benkert. Really liked him coming out. I think he can be a good backup in this league.

 

Backup????

 

Some around here already want him to take Ryan's job....

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Benkert is right, the guy can scramble and has a rocket arm. All the makings of a dynamic qb, if he can become accurate and consistent; he'll be starting for a team soon. Hopefully ours...

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
51 minutes ago, DonOfThemBirds said:

 

Backup????

 

Some around here already want him to take Ryan's job....

 

47 minutes ago, dapanch420 said:

Benkert is right, the guy can scramble and has a rocket arm. All the makings of a dynamic qb, if he can become accurate and consistent; he'll be starting for a team soon. Hopefully ours...

Well Don, you called that one.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
9 hours ago, dapanch420 said:

Benkert is right, the guy can scramble and has a rocket arm. All the makings of a dynamic qb, if he can become accurate and consistent; he'll be starting for a team soon. Hopefully ours...

:rolleyes:

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
10 hours ago, NWFALCON said:

He goes hard on fortnite haha. I asked him a couple months ago and he said rehab is going well. 

I like his streams. He's not a big name player so there's hardly anyone in chat so he interacts with everyone. 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
15 hours ago, birdz4i said:

“The one in college was the hardest one because there’s so much uncertainty as a college player, you don’t know, Benkert said. Is this going to affect me getting into the NFL? How are people going to view me? You start thinking to yourself, are you injury prone? That was kind of just a freak injury.”

Boy, does this resonate with me!  My daughter was a star soccer player in high school until torn ACLs, one in sophomore year, from which she rehabbed hard, and then one to her other knee in her senior year, changed her trajectory.  The senior year injury cost her a number of scholarship offers.  Eventually, she did get to play a year in college, but then it was her ankles that were causing problems, so she gave up her dream  During her year playing in college she wrote a paper about the psychological problems of recovering from a sports injury and how this was the hardest part of recovery.  

 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!


Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.


Sign In Now
Sign in to follow this  
Followers 0