Danny Etling has seen an increased workload with fellow quarterback Tom Brady electing to skip organized team activities with the New England Patriots.
Etling, who was selected in the seventh round of the 2018 NFL Draft, has been working with NFL veterans on the Patriots while getting up to speed.
When asked whether he views this time as an opportunity to wrest the top backup job away from Brian Hoyer, Etling told the Providence Journal that he isn’t looking too far ahead.
“I don’t have any expectations aside from just the next meeting, the next rep, the next chance I get to get better and the next chance I get to learn and improve as a player,” Etling said. “That’s the only thing I’m focused on right now.”
Etling, who is wearing a No. 58 jersey with the Patriots, played at Purdue before transferring to LSU in 2016. He completed 325 of 544 passes for 2,463 yards, 27 touchdowns and seven interceptions in two years as a starter with the Tigers.
A three-time NFL Most Valuable Player, Brady is expected to show up for the team’s mandatory minicamp June 5-7.