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Patriots rookie QB Danny Etling making progress with learning offense

Ryan Hannable
August 15, 2018 - 2:55 pm

FOXBORO -- Learning a complex offense like the Patriots' as a rookie isn't easy, but rookie quarterback Danny Etling is doing the best he can.

Over the first few practices of training camp, it was clear the rookie was thinking too much by not being able to complete the easy throws, perhaps a sign he was thinking too much. In the last week or so, Etling has looked much better, which is a sign he's beginning to get a better grasp of the offense.

“I think every day you start to feel more and more comfortable, but there’s a certain aspect of once you’re comfortable you have to take the next step and make yourself uncomfortable again so you can get to where you want to be," Etling said earlier this week. "Once you get comfortable it’s kind of the next step until you get to where you want to be. Comfortable is the wrong word, but I do feel more in control and knowledgeable of what we’re trying to do here.”

Etling got into the first preseason game with a few snaps in the middle of the fourth quarter. The LSU product went 2-for-5 with 21 yards passing, although he did fumble once.

“It was cool," he said. "It was good to get that experience and get in there to get the first one over with. Now I can focus on how to get better from that and what do I have to do to take the next step this week in practice.”

It's unclear how much playing time Etling will get Thursday night against the Eagles, but he knows the biggest thing for him is making sure he continues to get more and more comfortable with the offense each and every day.

“It’s just learning the offense — knowing what you’re supposed to do and how to do it — and just go from there," he said.

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