Patriots quarterback Danny Etling moves to receiver

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The Patriots are trying to find their own Taysom Hill. They switched quarterback Danny Etling to receiver Thursday, Mike Reiss of ESPN reports.

“Everyone has a lot of different roles on this team, and I’m no exception,” Etling said, per Reiss. “I’m excited to continue to keep trying to find a different role for myself and do whatever the coaches ask me to do.”

Bill Belichick has had success moving players, including with Julian Edelman and Troy Brown. Etling will have a better chance to play, having seen no regular-season snaps last season after the Patriots made him a seventh-round choice.

The Patriots have veteran Brian Hoyer and fourth-round rookie Jarrett Stidham behind Tom Brady.

“We always knew Danny could play different positions,” receiver Phillip Dorsett told Reiss. “I always used to joke with him and call him Taysom Hill.”

It is unknown whether the Patriots also will have Etling try his hand at special teams like Hill does with the Saints.

19 responses to “Patriots quarterback Danny Etling moves to receiver

  1. Another Edelman in the making? He would be a big bodied WR. This a no risk personnel move and classic Patriots recognizing a player’s best skill set and putting him in a position to succeed. If it works, Patriots could have formations where 3 QB’s are on field at same time. Another game planning puzzle for opponents.

  2. I didn’t even know he was on the Pats last year but best of luck moving spots to try and make the team. Could really work in his favor long term.

  3. Belichick falls in love with guys like Etling and gives them every chance to prove themselves. Doesn’t mean anything unless he makes the 53 man or the practice squad, which will only happen if he can help the team.

  4. bullcharger says:
    July 26, 2019 at 2:41 am
    Smart move by Etling. That’s a good way to stay a Patriot for his whole career if he can contribute at a high enough level.

    Belichick wanted Tebow to try moving to a FB/TE role. Tebow opted not to and said if he could not be a QB he preferred being cut to look elsewhere. Had Tebow taken that offer I think he would be a Patriot today. (Because I could see him crushing it in such a role)

  5. stucats says:
    July 26, 2019 at 8:02 am
    All those draft experts said Danny Etling was the next Tom Brady….lolololol!

    No, we said he was going to be catching passes from Brady. Unless he moves to oline in which case we said he was the one that would be protecting Brady. But if he starts kicking then we said he was going to be the next Gostkowski.

  6. Belichick does this with versatile players in training camp all the time. It gives the team an edge with their depth. Edelmen and Troy brown both practiced at corner during the summer and, sure enough, a cascade of injuries made it a reality during the season (and playoffs for that matter). Just thinking 7 steps ahead…nothing new here.

  7. A similar move turned out pretty well for some guy by the name of Julian Edelman.
    Except that ‘guy’ ran a Combine 4.52 40 – Etling ran a 4.76 Combine 40. Maybe the thought is a sort of H-back tight end. Etling measured 6’3, 222 pounds – pretty small for that position.

  8. Patriots Homer here… Not the next Edelman… Just a player, according to hoyer, that was one of the best scout teams WR last year. So basically he did the same thing as the WRs on your favorite team could do… The Patriots do not make decisions based on a whim, he showed he could play in practice. If nothing else he will clear waivers and be placed on the PS again,and in a few years become the next Edelman.

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