Patriots testing out QB Etling at WR

Field Level Media

July 26, 2019 at 3:40 pm.

Could Danny Etling become the next Julian Edelman?

The New England Patriots quarterback is getting the chance as camp gets underway, with coach Bill Belichick moving Etling to wide receiver.

Edelman came to the Patriots as a quarterback out of Kent State in 2009 but made the team as a receiver and a punt returner.

Etling, who played at Purdue and LSU, was a seventh-round pick by the Patriots in 2018 and spent last season on the practice squad.

The Patriots added another quarterback, Jarrett Stidham from Auburn, in the fourth round of this year’s draft, pushing Etling further down the depth chart.

“Everyone has a lot of different roles on this team, and I’m no exception,” Etling, 25, said of the switch. “I’m excited to continue to keep trying to find a different role for myself and do whatever the coaches ask me to do.”

Tom Brady remains the unquestioned No. 1 in New England, with veteran Brian Hoyer and Stidham expected to back him up.

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