New England Patriots

Jul 25, 2019; Foxborough, MA: New England Patriots quarterback Danny Etling walks back to the sidelines during the 2019 season opening Training Camp at Gillette Stadium. (Ed Wolfstein-USA TODAY Sports)

By Matt Dolloff,

Danny Etling’s time with the Patriots could be coming to a close. It certainly will on the main roster, because ESPN’s Field Yates and several others are reporting that the Patriots have waived the former LSU quarterback.

The Patriots originally drafted Etling in the seventh round in 2018, keeping him on the practice squad for the entire season. Now that they’ve drafted Jarrett Stidham out of Auburn, the writing was on the wall for Etling as a QB prospect on the team.

After tight end Eric Saubert came over to the Pats from the Falcons on Monday, the team needed to make a corresponding roster move to stay at their limit of 90 players. Etling represents that move.

Just days after the start of training camp, the Patriots started working with Etling at wide receiver in an effort to convert him from QB. He certainly has a long way to go if he wants to be an NFL wideout, since he had never really played the position before.

If Etling clears waivers, and there should be a good chance of that, he’s a strong candidate to end up on the Patriots’ practice squad. His ability to simulate an opposing quarterback, special teamer, and now receiver could make him a valuable scout team player. The Patriots obviously wanted to find a way to keep him in the organization.

But it was clear early in camp that Etling’s chances of making the team at any position were low. It’s distinctly possible, though, that he stays around on the Pats’ practice squad moving forward. But it’s unlikely Etling ends up elsewhere as a QB candidate at this point.

Matt Dolloff is a digital producer for Any opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of 98.5 The Sports Hub, Beasley Media Group, or any subsidiaries. Have a news tip, question, or comment for Matt? Follow him on Twitter @mattdolloff or email him at