Danny Etling

Danny Etling reportedly picked up off waivers by Atlanta Falcons

Danny Etling reportedly picked up off waivers by Atlanta Falcons

One day after being waived by the New England Patriots, Danny Etling will get another shot at making an NFL roster.

The Atlanta Falcons claimed Etling off waivers on Wednesday, according to ESPN's Field Yates.

Etling attempted a transition from quarterback to wide receiver during Patriots training camp, but the experiment ultimately didn't work out. Now there's a chance for the 25-year-old to give QB another shot as the Falcons could use another signal-caller on the depth chart.

The Patriots released Etling to make room for newly-acquired tight end Eric Saubert, who formerly played in Atlanta.

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Patriots release QB/WR Danny Etling to make room for TE Eric Saubert

Patriots release QB/WR Danny Etling to make room for TE Eric Saubert

The Danny Etling era in New England is over. 

The Patriots have waived converted quarterback Danny Etling to make room for newly acquired tight end Eric Saubert. Tuesday's move comes weeks after Etling began taking reps as a receiver to increase his chances at making the Patriots' final roster. 

New England drafted Etling out of LSU in the seventh round of the 2018 draft. The 25-year-old didn't play a regular-season snap with the Patriots, and has been replaced in the quarterback depth chart by Brian Hoyer and 2019 fourth-rounder Jarrett Stidham. 

Releasing Etling allows New England to add Saubert, whom they acquired in a trade with Atlanta, to the active roster. Saubert was Atlanta's third-string tight end, and joins a crowded position group in Foxboro. 

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Five players you'll be talking about after Patriots-Lions preseason game

Five players you'll be talking about after Patriots-Lions preseason game

ALLEN PARK, Michigan — Odds are the Patriots who see the most time on Thursday night are players you don't know much about.

In fact, some of the names who impress you most may be names you've only seen once or twice before. They'll be guys who see third- and fourth-team reps during practices, who get a lot of playing time in exhibition contests to help preserve the regulars.

For instance, I wouldn't be shocked to see undrafted rookie corner D'Angelo Ross have a nice game Thursday night. He's been rock-solid in the reps he's received, but he's way down the depth chart at a talented position group. He's someone with whom only the most hardcore Patriots fans would have any familiarity.

Putting those names aside for a second, here are five names that might be considered middle-class Patriots. They're guys you already know. But they're guys you'll want to know more about as soon as the clock strikes zero at Ford Field on Thursday night.