Etling signed a contract to join the Patriots' practice squad, Mike Garafolo of NFL Network reports.
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 is expected to play most of Thursday's preseason finale, Jeff Howe of The Athletic reports.
The rookie 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 but 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.
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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