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Rookie QB Danny Etling discusses first NFL game: 'It was a pretty surreal feeling'

Ryan Hannable
August 11, 2018 - 9:09 am

FOXBORO -- Quarterback Danny Etling didn't get into Thursday's first preseason game until the middle of the fourth quarter, but he didn't mind.

The rookie said this gave him the chance to take everything in when it came to being part of a real NFL game.

“It kind of helped letting everything settle in the first three quarters but it was a pretty surreal feeling because you work your whole life for this one moment; to run out there and throw your first pass," Etling said. "It is an accumulation of a lot of hard work.”

The LSU product went 2-for-5 passing for 21 yards and was part of a touchdown drive that sealed the win over the Redskins. Etling did fumble once, though.

“It is a great feeling to be a part of that no matter what the circumstance is just as long as it is football and you come back and see how great the guys and the team [did]," he said. "The coach has been doing a great job of going out there and making adjustments and I think that’s a testament to the people in this building.”

It's been an up-and-down camp for Etling as he's shown flashes of being able to compete with Brian Hoyer for the backup job, but has struggled at times too.

“I have just been trying to learn the offense and go from there," Etling said. "It is so much you have to keep working on as a rookie and I keep finding out that you can see guys like [Tom Brady] and how they have been successful like that and try to follow in their footsteps. I definitely watch what they do and try to apply it to myself.”

With solid performances the rest of the summer he could challenge Hoyer, but as of now it doesn't seem like he has a chance at the 53-man roster and is more of a candidate for the practice squad.

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