Rams coach Sean McVay casts doubt on Stetson Bennett’s 2024 status: ‘We don’t have a backup quarterback’

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Shortly after the the Los Angeles Rams‘ season ended, head coach Sean McVay seemed cautiously optimistic about quarterback Stetson Bennett, who was placed on the reserve/non-football injury list in September after leaving the team early for an undisclosed reason.

However, apparently he got more of an answer, and it’s not looking pretty for the two-time champion at Georgia.

McVay seemed to admit that the team will have a roster spot open.

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Los Angeles Rams quarterback Stetson Bennett warms up prior to the preseason game against the Las Vegas Raiders at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California, on Aug. 19, 2023. (Katelyn Mulcahy/Getty Images)

“Really in our minds, we don’t have a backup quarterback that’s on this roster,” McVay said, via the New York Post. “But we’ll see what that looks like in terms of how that affects Stetson and the draft or free agency.”

Bennett made a public appearance at a Georgia football game in November. At the time, McVay said Bennett’s absence was “bigger than football.”

McVay said Thursday he would connect with Bennett at “the appropriate time.”

“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?” he said. “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.”

Stetson Bennett pumps

Los Angeles Rams quarterback Stetson Bennett celebrates after a defensive holding call during the second half of the preseason game against the Los Angeles Chargers in Inglewood, California, on Aug. 12, 2023. (AP Photo/Ryan Sun)

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The Rams selected Bennett in the fourth round of last year’s draft, and he spent the preseason with them. But he was placed on the reserve/non-football list in mid-September.

“Out of respect for him and the situation, I’m going to leave all the specifics and particulars in-house,” McVay told reporters at the time. “And I want to be able to do that out of respect for that situation, so I’m not going to really have any follow-up information or anything that I’ll give in that regards.”

Stetson Bennett holds the Burlsworth Trophy

Former Georgia star quarterback Stetson Bennett receives the Burlsworth Trophy during the first half of Georgia’s game against Ole Miss in Athens, Georgia, on Nov. 11, 2023. (Joshua L. Jones / USA TODAY NETWORK)

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Bennett played four seasons at Georgia, his final two in a starting role. He totaled 8,429 yards with 66 touchdowns and 21 interceptions over 42 games, including a tremendous senior season with 4,128 yards, 27 touchdowns and a national championship in a blowout win over TCU in 2023. 

Fox News’ Scott Thompson contributed to this report.

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