With solely two quarterbacks on the roster, the New England Patriots opened the seventh spherical of the NFL Draft on Saturday by deciding on former LSU quarterback Danny Etling.
Etling, the 219th general decide, performed at Purdue earlier than transferring to LSU in 2016. In two years as a starter at LSU, he accomplished 325 of 544 passes for two,463 yards, 27 touchdowns and 7 interceptions.
Brian Hoyer is the backup to starter Tom Brady with the Patriots, and Etling might get loads of reps in follow to attempt to show himself.
Under is an interview with Etling after he was chosen:
Query: I learn a narrative that you have been working with Tom Brady’s throwing coaches. How did that come about and what sort of stuff have you ever been getting out of these classes?
Etling: I have been throwing with 3DQB. That is (inaudible) close to southern California. They have been educating me quite a lot of issues, fixing quite a lot of mechanics that you do not essentially have time to do whilst you’re in school as a result of you do not have time as a result of you may have lessons and issues like that. It was actually cool to give attention to simply creating higher fundamentals, creating higher mechanics and serving to me actually focus down on these issues going into the draft and going into this course of. That was a [inaudible] my time with throughout my time there they usually actually improved so much on these primary fundamentals that I had not discovered as much as that time. They have been a giant assist for me.
Q: Does Tom Home reference Tom Brady fairly incessantly in these classes?
Etling: Yeah, he mentions any quarterback he works with and any similarities he would possibly see with anybody or one thing which may assist the following quarterback progress. So each on occasion he would possibly point out him.
Q: Have you ever ever met Tom Brady?
Etling: I’ve not.
Q: Are you trying ahead to assembly him?
Etling: I am trying ahead to assembly lots of people, particularly my coaches and all my teammates. I am so excited to be part of this nice group. I am simply so enthusiastic about it. I am so keen and simply excited to be taught from all people and hopefully all these veterans and all these guys on this crew which have a lot extra expertise than I do — simply to sort of sit there and be taught and know my position and know my place and proceed to return in and work onerous and develop and simply proceed to attempt to be one of the best quarterback that I may be.
Q: Did you meet with Josh McDaniels main into the draft?
Etling: I met with quite a lot of totally different coaches, quite a lot of totally different individuals so it was sort of only a lengthy course of. I do not suppose one assembly actually meant greater than another.
Q: Are you able to simply inform us a bit of bit about what the second was like once you received the decision from the Patriots?
Etling: It was actually thrilling. I had all my household right here. I had previous coaches and just a few individuals I knew can be very supportive. I knew it could be an extended day so I simply was having fun with the method, having fun with every thing, taking all of it in. After I received the decision and noticed my title on the display screen it was very thrilling. I simply could not consider it was a dream come true and going to such an amazing group and nice coaches and a spot the place I actually suppose I can grow to be the participant that I need to be sometime. It was only a dream come true and I could not cease smiling. So it was actually thrilling.
Q: What sort of pre-draft contact did you may have with the Patriots?
Etling: About as a lot as another crew. Simply conferences right here or there. Nothing actually particular. Nothing too loopy. Simply sort of was a standard sort of deal. We have been involved right here and there and that was it.
Q: By way of attempting to method your potential, you performed for 2 totally different faculties and plenty of totally different coaches. Do you’re feeling that you’ve got your greatest days forward of you and that you just actually have quite a lot of room to develop popping out of LSU?
Etling: I believe I do. I believe I’ve grown so much truly simply with the ability to work on my fundamentals, with the ability to sit there and simply sort of be taught all about totally different defenses. Actually, all my stops alongside the way in which have helped me so much. I’ve needed to be taught 4 totally different offenses (with) 4 totally different offensive coordinators at two faculties. Needed to sort of go in and sort of re-acclimate myself to totally different cultures, totally different individuals. It was one thing that ended up being a profit for me in the long term. I used to be in a position to actually grasp quite a lot of offenses shortly and hopefully I can do the identical and proceed to maintain bettering as a participant. However I used to be in a position to preserve transferring on and preserve discovering nice coaches and I believe I discovered a few of the greatest coaches round. So I am actually excited to get to work with them.
Q: How a lot do you suppose you have been held again due to the again harm itself previous to this previous season?
Etling: I believe that — I imply any harm will maintain you again however you by no means need to focus an excessive amount of on it. You do not discover it once you’re on the market enjoying otherwise you would not have been enjoying. I would not have been on the market if I wasn’t able to play. I went on the market, performed one of the best I might and I simply continued to enhance each with my fundamentals and in addition to sort of studying soccer and studying to course of data shortly. So I believe that goes together with something in creating a greater alternative for myself to play effectively.
Q: What would you say your strengths are as a quarterback?
Etling: I am simply going to guarantee that I at all times lead the offense, guarantee that I am the CEO after I’m on the market on the sphere and that I will transfer the chains, get the offense in the best play. Then be correct with the soccer, proceed to enhance at all times and simply ensuring that someway, by some means I am at all times doing my job and no matter my job is and I do it to one of the best of my potential. I believe that is all you must do as a quarterback. In the event you attempt to do an excessive amount of it may chew you within the butt and once you do too little and do not work onerous sufficient you then’re by no means going to be the participant you need to be.
Q: For these simply studying extra about you, are you able to clarify what led to the choice once you selected to go to Purdue after which to go from Purdue to LSU?
Etling: I initially left Purdue. I simply felt like there was a distinct alternative on the market for me, one thing that might hopefully result in one thing larger and one thing extra. I went all the way down to LSU. I noticed some nice expertise there. I noticed an amazing alternative to go in and compete and sit there and be taught for a 12 months as I sat out and be the scout crew quarterback and proceed to enhance and grasp an amazing offense from Coach Cam Cameron who was the OC (offensive coordinator) there in an NFL type offense with NFL protections and quite a lot of various things. So I assumed that’d be an amazing coach to be taught beneath. I went there and competed onerous and was in a position to earn the beginning job and held on to it for 2 years and actually improved a ton as I simply continued to play and preserve getting higher. I simply noticed a possibility to develop and get nice teaching and I jumped on the probability.
Q: How comfy did you’re feeling when groups requested you to breakdown movie or focus on coverages and ideas?
Etling: Extraordinarily comfy. I’ve discovered from totally different OC’s [offensive coordinators], I’ve had quite a lot of totally different coaches and all of them have been very demanding of me. All of them have been nice. They count on so much out of me they usually count on quite a lot of onerous work. Alongside the way in which I’ve had quite a lot of coaches to thank for that, and studying 4 totally different offenses is not simple. Studying 4 totally different terminologies is not simple, so it was fairly the method and it actually ended up serving to me alongside the way in which as a result of groups ask you to course of the knowledge shortly after they check you, and I used to be in a position to, hopefully, do this higher than quite a lot of different individuals and find yourself impressing some groups.
Q: Throughout your time at Purdue, did you get to know Ja’Whaun Bentley in any respect?
Etling: I did. I truly was fairly good associates with Ja’Whaun. We nonetheless texted backwards and forwards after I was at LSU and he was at Purdue, sort of supporting one another and he is a hell of a participant. I am excited to be teammates with him once more.
Q: Have you ever heard from him because you have been drafted?
Etling: I am unsure. I’ve truly had quite a lot of texts and calls, however I have never received an opportunity to reply but. I will need to put that one on pause till I work out who’s truly texted or referred to as me. I do not need to say one thing that is not true.
Q: Did you play towards Duke Dawson in any respect in school?
Etling: Yeah, we performed towards them. He is an amazing participant, once more. So, they know what they’re doing. Clearly, he is a really gifted participant, somebody that you just sport plan towards, and we noticed him as a gifted individual to go up towards and it was a problem for us. He will be an amazing participant on this league.
Q: How do you view the chance to be in the identical quarterback room as Tom Brady?
Etling: It is attractive. I imply, it is simply a possibility to be taught from the best quarterback. You do not count on something. You haven’t any expectations getting into. You are simply getting into to be taught. You simply sit there and soak up as a lot as you possibly can, soak up as a lot data as you possibly can, and proceed to maintain bettering and proceed to organize in your alternative when it comes. You need to simply watch a man who’s so nice and has been so nice. You need to know the way he does it and also you need to simply be in that room. Not solely with Tom, however with Brian Hoyer, another person who’s been across the league and actually continued to have nice success. It is such an amazing quarterback room and I am so excited to be part of it. I can not wait to proceed to only be taught and develop as a quarterback and an individual.
Q: Rising up in Indiana, did you watch quite a lot of Tom Brady or have been you extra of a Peyton Manning fan?
Etling: Yeah, rising up I used to be a Colts fan, however I at all times watched Tom Brady as a result of that they had that nice rivalry. New England and the Colts had such an amazing rivalry. It was onerous to not understand and respect how nice New England is and the way nice of a company they’re. It is simply unbelievable to be part of it. I’ve at all times grown up simply loving watching good quarterback play, and Tom was simply one of many those that I’ve liked to observe and liked to only dissect the tape and watch how his thoughts thinks. It is totally different footwork simply right here and there. It is unbelievable to only watch how exact he’s and the way nice he is been. I am actually excited to be part of that room with two nice quarterbacks.