With Taysom Hill on the COVID-19 list, New Orleans Saints rookie Ian Book will start for the first time under center in Week 16. But who will be the backup?
Not Trevor Siemian. He’s on the COVID-19 list too.
Instead, a familiar star will be expected to assume quarterback duties.
Running back Alvin Kamara was reportedly included on the Saints’ QB depth chart before, and he’ll once again serve as an break-in-case-of-emergency quarterback come Sunday’s game against Miami.
Just to be clear, Kamara has no interest whatsoever in developing his passing skills. He’s a perfectly good running back, and that’s all New Orleans needs him for.
Should Ian Book get injured, though, Kamara will simply try his best to step up for the team.
New Orleans Saints’ Alvin Kamara will serve as emergency quarterback in Week 16
Kamara has served as the backup quarterback once earlier this season, when Jameis Winston was out due to a torn ACL and Siemian was the only active player in the quarterback room.
In Week 16, it looks like Kamara will have the same emergency role.
Here’s a look at how the Saints’ quarterback merry-go-round has played out so far in 2021:
While we want Book to succeed, we’re also intensely curious as to how Kamara might fare under center. Can he throw? Would he just run the ball? Has he learned offensive coordinator Pete Carmichael’s passing scheme well enough?
So many questions, and likely no answers.
Book, a fourth-round pick in 2021, finished his collegiate career as Notre Dame’s winningest quarterback in his school’s history, but he has yet to play an NFL game.
In his final collegiate season, Book completed 64.6 percent of his passes and averaged eight yards per attempt; he also rushed 116 times for an average of 4.2 yard per carry.
With three games left in the season, and a quarterback room of Book and Kamara heading into Week 16, the New Orleans Saints are in a very precarious position indeed.
Raise your hand if you saw Ian Book or Alvin Kamara playing quarterback this season. That’s what we thought.