Etling is expected to play most of Thursday's preseason finale, Jeff Howe of The Athletic reports.

The rookie from LSU is considered 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 the team's other needs and Etling's inconsistencies throughout his college career. However, if Etling can generate a productive effort Thursday, there's a chance he can persuade New England's brass that he's worthy of active roster consideration. Naturally, it's a tall task to read the mind of Bill Belichick.

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