How Danny Etling's transition to WR began last season

Ryan Hannable
July 26, 2019 - 1:33 pm

FOXBORO -- Thursday marked Danny Etling's first real day transitioning from quarterback to wide receiver.

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Or so many thought. 

In reality, it began last season when Etling was on the practice squad.

“Danny’s a great kid. He’s super athletic. He’s willing to do whatever it is to help the team. Probably not a lot of people know this, but going back to last year, he was one of our best scout-team receivers," backup quarterback Brian Hoyer said after practice Friday. "He did a great job, and I think any time you get a chance to go out on the field, regardless of if it’s special teams, your position, maybe they ask you to play a different position, you do it to the best you can and just show people what you’re capable of doing.

“I think the one thing about Danny that I’ve come to admire over the last year and a half is just he’s such a great kid and such a hard worker, and they said, ‘Hey, move to receiver.’ He moved to receiver, and he’s in there catching jugs in the weight room the other day. That’s just the kind of guy Danny is.”

Through two practices, Etling hasn't really done much as a receiver, but the reality is he's still very new to the position and it will take some time.

As of now, it's hard to imagine him making the roster as a receiver, but stranger things have happened.

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