New England Patriots

Source: Pats end Etling WR experiment, cut QB

-- The New England Patriots waived Danny Etling on Tuesday, a source told ESPN's Field Yates, which ends an experiment in which the quarterback was attempting to switch to wide receiver.

The Patriots needed to create a roster spot to make room for tight end Eric Saubert , who was acquired in a trade from the Atlanta Falcons for a conditional seventh-round draft choice.

Etling's transition to receiver, with additional responsibilities on special teams, captured the attention of many at Patriots training camp.

Receiver Phillip Dorsett said Etling -- who was a 2018 seventh-round draft choice out of LSU -- reminded him of New Orleans Saints quarterback/slash option Taysom Hill .

The Patriots also have a notable history of players making a successful position switch, headlined by Julian Edelman going from college quarterback to NFL receiver.

AP Photo/Steven Senne Etling spent his 2018 rookie season on the Patriots' practice squad, but in an unusual twist, the team had him attend road games.

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