Patriots Waive QB Danny Etling After Failed Conversion to Wide Receiver

TE Eric Saubert

TE Eric Saubert

In New England's preseason opener vs. the Detroit Lions last Thursday, Etling was targeted once and did not make a catch.

Etling, who was not present for training camp practice on Tuesday, has been waived by the team, according to ESPN's Field Yates. But the LSU product was a casualty in the Patriots' roster crunch after their acquisition of tight end Eric Saubert on Monday.

The Patriots also have a notable history of players making a successful position switch, headlined by Julian Edelman going from college quarterback to National Football League receiver. Practice-squad players usually don't travel, but coach Bill Belichick said Etling could benefit from being around the team, and Etling's work ethic was widely respected in the organization. But with the Patriots' addition of Jarrett Stidham in the draft this season, they gave Etling a shot at wide receiver. He was also the intended target on another pass that was picked off.

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