|Ht / Wt:||6'2" / 222 lb.|
|Born:||July 22, 1994|
|Drafted:||2018 / Rd. 7 (219)|
The Falcons activated Elting from the reserve/COVID-19 list Wednesday, Jason Butt of The Athletic reports.
Analysis: Elting spent less than a week on the reserve list before returning to Atlanta's active roster. He's been a regular on the Falcons' practice squad since joining the team in the seventh round of the 2018 NFL Draft.
The Falcons placed Etling (illness) on the reserve/COVID-19 list Friday, Matthew Tabeek of the team's official site reports.
Analysis: Since being a fourth-round pick of the Patriots in 2018, Etling has spent most of his time on a practice squad, and even when he was elevated to the Falcons' 53-man roster last season, he never was active on game day. Now he'll have to go through the necessary testing to get out off the COVID list to act as a camp body in Atlanta.
Etling signed a reserve/future contract with the Falcons on Monday, Will McFadden of the team's official site reports.
Analysis: Etling had resided on the Falcons' practice squad since Oct. 29 and solidified himself with the organization Monday. The 25-year-old has yet to see regular season NFL action, and completed 60 percent of his passes his senior year for LSU in 2017.
Etling was signed to Atlanta's practice squad Sunday, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: Etling resembled a late-season Josh Allen in his two exhibition appearances for Atlanta, rushing for 115 yards on 17 attempts against the Redskins and Jaguars. He was shaky in completing just two of six pass attempts for 19 yards during his Falcons debut against Washington, but managed to rebound the subsequent week with 15 completions on 25 attempts, 174 passing yards and one touchdown at Jacksonville. He brings value to the team as a practice squad player, providing the Falcons defense with the weekly opportunity to prepare against a quarterback who has a propensity to tuck it and run.
Etling signed with Atlanta's practice squad Sunday, Doug Kyed of NESN.com reports.
Analysis: Etling was originally claimed off waivers by Atlanta on Aug. 14. While the 25-year-old didn't survive cut-down day, he'll be able to stick around with the Falcons. Etling will at least be able to give the defense an opportunity to practice against an elusive quarterback, and could work his way up the ladder over time.
Etling completed just two of six pass attempts for 19 yards, but rushed for a game-high 48 yards on seven carries during Thursday's 19-7 loss to Washington. He also fumbled while absorbing a sack, but the ball was recovered by teammate John Wetzel.
Analysis: Etling sure can move, as exhibited by New England's inclination to give the LSU product an audition at wide receiver before letting him go. Coach Dan Quinn has made it clear that Etling is in Atlanta to serve as a developmental backup should he prove capable of making the active roster or practice squad -- a realistic possibility because he provides the defense with an opportunity to practice against an elusive quarterback.
Etling was claimed off waivers by the Falcons on Wednesday, Field Yates of ESPN reports.
Analysis: Atlanta traded Eric Saubert to New England on Tuesday, and within 24 hours signed the very player who was waived to make room on the Patriots roster. Etling joins Matt Simms as potential developmental backup quarterbacks for the Falcons, with Kurt Benkert (toe) sitting out at least the first eight games of the season after being placed on injured reserve with a toe injury suffered in the Hall of Fame Game.
The Paitriots have waived Etling, ESPN's Mike Reiss reports.
Analysis: Following New England's selection of Jarrett Stidham in the fourth round of this past April's draft, Etling's path to a roster spot was murky. The 2018 seventh-rounder even saw some work at receiver during training camp in an attempt to carve out a utility role, but Etling was let go Tuesday to make room on the team's roster for trade acquisition Eric Saubert.
Etling did some special teams work Thursday, working mostly with the Patriots' wide receivers, NESN's Doug Kyed reports.
Analysis: Drafted as a QB last season, Etling faces an uphill battle in regard to securing a 53-man roster spot, given that the Patriots took Jarrett Stidham in the fourth round of the 2019 NFL Draft. It's therefore not a bad idea for the 6-foot-3, 220-pound Etling to display some positional versatility, which is something the Patriots' coaching staff values. At this point, Etling doesn't seem likely to survive final cut-downs, but that could change if injuries thin out the team's QB depth. Another season as a New England practice squad member is probably the most likely scenario for Etling.
Etling signed a futures contract with the Patriots on Tuesday, Mike Reiss of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: Etling spent all of 2018 on the Patriots' practice squad and will look to compete for the backup quarterback slot next season.
Etling signed a contract to join the Patriots' practice squad, Mike Garafolo of NFL Network reports.
Analysis: New England placed Etling on waivers Sunday, but the quarterback now comes back to the team after going unclaimed. In four preseason appearances, the former LSU quarterback completed 18 of 32 passes for 157 yards, one touchdown, and two interceptions.
Etling was waived by the Patriots on Saturday, Mark Daniels of The Providence Journal reports.
Analysis: The rookie seventh-round pick apparently didn't quite do enough to convince the Patriots they should keep three quarterbacks. Etling did have an 86-yard rushing touchdown in the exhibition finale thanks to a defensive breakdown, but he finished the preseason with a 52.6 completion percentage and just 4.7 yards per pass attempt. The Patriots likely will add him to the practice squad if he passes through waivers unclaimed.
Etling is expected to play most of Thursday's preseason finale, Jeff Howe of The Athletic reports.
Analysis: The rookie stemming from LSU is considered to be a long shot to make the 53-man roster. The Patriots decision to select Etling in the seventh round of April's draft came as a surprise to many given team needs and Etling's inconsistencies throughout college competition. If Etling can showcase a productive effort with more highs than lows Thursday, there's a chance he can persuade New England's brass that he's worthy of active roster consideration. Either way, it's a tall task to predict the mind of Bill Belichick.
Etling saw seven snaps in Thursday's preseason win over the Eagles, logging one incompletion and a sack in the process.
Analysis: Etling's play has yet to generate much buzz this summer and it's possible that the 2018 seventh-rounder ends up on the Patriots' practice squad, in the event that the team elects to roster just two QBs. Of course, if Etling ends up being cut, he could be scooped up on waivers. Either way, the 24-year-old is viewed as a developmental QB and it would take a series of injuries (to players above him on the depth chart) for him to draw a regular-season NFL start this year.
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