Saints Roster: Realistic expectations for Ian Book in 2022

Ian Book #16 of the New Orleans Saints (Photo by Scott Taetsch/Getty Images)
Ian Book #16 of the New Orleans Saints (Photo by Scott Taetsch/Getty Images) /

Ian Book is entering his second year on the New Orleans Saints roster. What should fans expect from him this season? 

The New Orleans Saints spent a fourth-round pick on Ian Book in the 2021 NFL Draft. It was a little bit of a surprising pick, as they had Jameis Winston and Taysom Hill on their roster and if they were going to add a quarterback in the draft, most had figured it’d have been earlier on.

No one really expected Book to figure into the team’s plans much in 2021 due to the fact that he was a rookie and the team had two other guys duking it out for the starting quarterback job. When Winston was named the starter, the Saints kept Trevor Siemian around as the backup, further pushing Book down the depth chart.

Book didn’t see much playing time at all and that was the plan going into the season but after Winston and Hill were injured and Siemian tested positive for COVID-19, Book was thrust into action in a late-season game against the Dolphins. It was a primetime game on Monday night and Book got the crap kicked out of him, getting sacked eight times and throwing two picks. Welcome to the big leagues, kid.

Saints Roster: What should fans expect from Ian Book in 2022?

With Winston back on the team for the next two years and Andy Dalton signed to be Winston’s backup, it looks like it’ll be another year of serving as the third-stringer for Book. Even if Winston and Dalton both go down, Hill is probably the one who will get the call out of the bullpen.

As mean as this is to say, if Ian Book is playing in meaningful games, then something has gone horribly wrong with the Saints’ season. The most realistic expectation for him this year is for us to not really see him do much of anything throughout the 2022 campaign.

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