5 New Orleans Saints who are on thin ice entering training camp in 2022

Leigh Oleszczak
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Ian Book, New Orleans Saints
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2. Ian Book

After the Saints “missed out” on Deshaun Watson, they re-signed Jameis Winston and signed Andy Dalton as the backup. Taysom Hill might be transitioning to tight end but if both Winston and Dalton have to miss time, he’s probably going to get the nod over former fourth-round pick, Ian Book.

Book was drafted last year in round four out of Notre Dame and no one expected to see him on the field much, if at all, during his rookie year. He was forced into action when the quarterback room was hit with positive COVID cases and the game did not go well for Book.

While it’s not entirely fair to judge Book off of that one start due to the circumstances, the team signing Dalton as Winston’s backup isn’t a great sign for how the team views the Fighting Irish product.

Book probably won’t be cut this summer but it wouldn’t surprise me if this is his last year in New Orleans. Winston is under contract through next year and by then the team can either know if he’s the answer or if they need to draft a quarterback in the 2024 draft.

Book is definitely on thin ice.