B.C. Lions release former New England Patriots’ QB Danny Etling

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The B.C. Lions have released American quarterback Danny Etling after he spent a month on the team’s practice roster.

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.

The 27-year-old 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.

The Lions now have just two quarterbacks in their organization — starter Michael Reilly and Canadian backup Nathan Rourke.