The Falcons claimed Etling off waivers from the Patriots on Wednesday, Field Yates of ESPN reports.

Atlanta traded Eric Saubert to New England on Monday and within 48 hours, the Falcons signed the very player who was waived to make room on the Patriots' roster. Etling joins Matt Simms as a developmental backup quarterback option for the Falcons, with Kurt Benkert (toe) sitting out at least the first eight games of the season after being placed on injured reserve.

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