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Patriots end Etling WR experiment, release QB

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- The New England Patriots waived Danny Etling on Tuesday, the team announced, 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.