Sean McVay Addresses Stetson Bennett’s Future


Aug 26, 2023; Denver, Colorado, USA; Los Angeles Rams quarterback Stetson Bennett (13) looks to pass in the first quarter against the Denver Broncos at Empower Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

LOS ANGELES — After missing the entirety of his rookie season, there are still question marks surrounding Stetson Bennett’s NFL future.

On Thursday, Rams coach Sean McVay discussed Bennett’s status on the roster, explaining that the team would connect with him at “the appropriate time.”

The former Georgia quarterback was placed on the reserve/non-football illness list in September and not heard from again. In fact, nobody has any idea what he’s been up to. The team has never provided any details about why isn’t playing, or when he might return to the team.

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McVay described the decision to move him off the active roster as “bigger than football.”

“I think the first thing is you connect with him, which we’ll do that at the appropriate time, and you figure out, where are you at and is this something that we feel like is best for him and for our football team to bring him back into this ecosystem?” McVay told reporters. “Those will be conversations that we will have. And then, I think once we have a better idea of what we’ll do with that, then that will give clarity.

But you do make sure that you know that right now, we’ve got Matthew Stafford. And really in our minds, we don’t have a backup quarterback that’s on this roster. But we’ll see what that looks like in terms of how that affects Stetson and the draft or free agency.”

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Hopefully, whatever is going on with Bennett gets smoothed out, and he can return to the NFL.

The 2023 fourth-round pick won two straight national championships with the Georgia Bulldogs – and entered the season as Matthew Stafford’s backup. But he was placed on the reserve/non-football illness list and didn’t play a single snap his rookie year. The team eventually signed veteran Carson Wentz, who made one start for the team.

For now? Expect Los Angeles to address their quarterback depth in the draft or free agency.

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