Danny Etling begins another assignment with the Seattle Seahawks when the team signs the quarterback into their training team via NFL transaction management. The move comes a day after the Seahawks invited former Jaguars starting quarterback Blake Bortles for a trial session. Seattle seeks depth behind Geno Smith as Russell Wilson recovers from a finger injury.
Etling’s signing suggests the Seahawks won’t add Bortles as the team continues to consider various options while Wilson is out. The quarterback starts his third stint with the Seahawks, which date back to the team Etling claims after being surrendered by the Falcons in August 2020.
Seattle fired Etling just a few weeks later and signed him again to a futures contract in January. The Seahawks released Etling again at training camp and the quarterback was claimed by the Vikings. Minnesota released Etling in August, just three weeks after adding the quarterback. Etling was selected by the Patriots in the seventh round of the 2018 NFL draft.
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ESPN’s Brady Henderson reported that despite training, the Seahawks are unlikely to sign Bortles. The Seahawks were protecting Jake Luton on the training team, suggesting he will serve as the backup quarterback in Week 6.
“The Seahawks worked out Blake Bortles this morning.” Henderson tweeted on October 12th. “They are not expected to sign him at this point, I was told. You have to make a difference at QB, whether it will get Jake Luton to support Geno Smith. “
Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll sees a lot of potential in Luton but admitted the quarterback doesn’t have a lot of experience. Luton has received more reps in practice as the insurance behind Smith.
“Well, Jakey was in the system, that’s his deal, he’s been working to prepare for this opportunity,” Carroll said during his October 13 press conference. “He doesn’t have a lot of work. He had to kind of put it on the back burner, but I went back and looked at his games and all the snaps he had and all the throws he had
it’s only made to check.
“We’ve done this before to see where he is and he’s able to make a lot of plays so we have to keep it really clean for him and make sure we don’t weigh him down when he gets the chance to play.” and give him the opportunity to do what he does. He’s got a really good arm, really strong hose and release and he has good accuracy and all of that flips. But he’s obviously getting more in practice now. “
Last season, Etling was added as a fallback option in case COVID-19 impacts the quarterback room. As a precaution, Etling didn’t meet with the other quarterbacks in case he was needed if the team’s top signal callers were all down.
“We’ve been talking about this for a long time and actually shifted into gear – I hate to say we had to wait for something bad to happen – but we’ve made progress on taking care of Danny,” Carroll stated on December 2020 via Pro football talk. “So to make sure that he is different from the other QBs. So if, God forbid, we had a circumstance, it wouldn’t be considered related to these guys.
“So essentially he’s separated from the QBs for now. And he’s done a fantastic job up to this point where we trust he can go to all of the meetings, all of them stay with us virtually, he works out and all that stuff aside from these guys and us. I will keep it available. So this is our type. ”