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New Orleans Saints: 9 takeaways from 4th practice of training camp

Jul 31, 2021; Metairie, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints safety C.J. Gardner-Johnson (22) talks with defensive end Payton Turner (98) during a New Orleans Saints training camp session at the New Orleans Saints Training Facility. Mandatory Credit: Stephen Lew-USA TODAY Sports
Jul 31, 2021; Metairie, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints safety C.J. Gardner-Johnson (22) talks with defensive end Payton Turner (98) during a New Orleans Saints training camp session at the New Orleans Saints Training Facility. Mandatory Credit: Stephen Lew-USA TODAY Sports /
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Marquez Callaway, New Orleans Saints – Mandatory Credit: Stephen Lew-USA TODAY Sports
Marquez Callaway, New Orleans Saints – Mandatory Credit: Stephen Lew-USA TODAY Sports /

New Orleans Saints training camp takeaways

8. Callaway is the workhorse 

There is a heap of pressure being put onto second-year man Marquez Callaway’s shoulders. Here’s a guy who went undrafted a little over a year ago and is now in a position where he’s forced to step into a WR1/2 role for his team. That’s not usually the case for UDFAs.

Callaway has been praised for his leadership through training camp and Jeff Nowak noted that he’s clearly the workhorse for this offense early on.

Last year saw Callaway haul in 21 receptions for 213 yards, which is pretty good considering he went undrafted. He’ll have an expanded role with New Orleans this year and there’s a chance that he explodes onto the scene this year.

7. Ian Book is impressing

The Saints drafting a quarterback this year wasn’t shocking but who they took and when they took him was surprising. Ian Book is definitely a project quarterback and won’t be someone the Saints should rely on to start games any time soon, if ever.

That being said, Book is on the roster and he’s impressed head coach Sean Payton so far. Payton joked that Book’s been given a hard time as a rookie but said he’s looking good so far. This could just be coach speak but obviously, Payton is a fan of Book and sees some kind of future for him in New Orleans, even if it’s just as a backup someday.

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