B.C. Lions sign former New England Patriots’ QB Danny Etling, release QB Shea Patterson

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The B.C. Lions have signed American quarterback Danny Etling. As per CFL rules, he will enter mandatory COVID procedures before practicing with the team.

The six-foot-three, 220-pound passer was a seventh-round draft pick of the New England Patriots in the 2018 NFL Draft. He spent his rookie season on the practice squad and earned a Super Bowl ring before being waived and picked up by the Atlanta Falcons in August 2019.

Etling was promoted to the Falcons’ active roster in Week 8 of the season after an injury to veteran starter Matt Ryan. The native of Terre Haute, Ind. then spent the 2020 season on the Seattle Seahawks’ practice roster and was released at the start of 2021 training camp.

Etling transferred from Purdue to Louisiana State University for his final two years of eligibility (2016-17). With the Tigers, Etling won 16 of 23 starts while completing 325 passes for 4,586 yards and 27 touchdowns. To cap off his junior season, he helped take down Lamar Jackson and Louisville 29-9 in the 2016 Citrus Bowl. Etling was named SEC Football Scholar-Athlete of the Year in 2017.

In a corresponding move, the Lions released American quarterback Shea Patterson from the practice roster.

The six-foot-two, 202-pound passer last played with the Blues of The Spring League after attending training camp with the Kansas City Chiefs last year. The Toledo, Ohio native transferred from the University of Mississippi to Michigan for his final two years of NCAA eligibility (2018-2019).

Patterson’s 5,661 passing yards as a Wolverine ranks seventh on the program’s all-time list, ahead of both Tom Brady and Jim Harbaugh. He was also a two-time All-Big Ten selection and won the school’s Offensive Player of the Year award in 2018.