Falcons Promoting QB Danny Etling, Release OL John Wetzel


Adam Caplan reports that the Falcons are promoting QB Danny Etling to their active roster on Saturday. 

The Falcons announced the move along with the release of OL John Wetzel

Matt Ryan is dealing with an ankle injury and is out for Week 8’s game, which means the Falcons will start Matt Schaub on Sunday against the Seahawks.

Etling, 25, was selected with the No. 219 overall pick in the seventh round of last year’s draft by the Patriots. He agreed to a four-year, $2,564,028 contract that included a $104,028 signing bonus with the Patriots, but was released coming out of the preseason. 

The Patriots later re-signed Etling to their practice squad. New England re-signed Etling to a futures deal this past January only to cut him loose during the preseason. 

Etling was later claimed off of waivers by the Falcons before being waived and later re-signed to their practice squad. 

During his college career at Purdue and LSU, Etling threw for 7,076 yards while completing 57.9 percent of his passes to go along with 43 touchdowns and 19 interceptions.

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