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Saints 2022 Training Camp: Top 3 takeaways from Day 11

New Orleans Saints quarterback Ian Book - Mandatory Credit: Stephen Lew-USA TODAY Sports
New Orleans Saints quarterback Ian Book - Mandatory Credit: Stephen Lew-USA TODAY Sports /
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The 11th day of New Orleans Saints training camp is officially in the rearview mirror. What did we learn about the team during Monday’s practice? 

Another day of New Orleans Saints training camp has come and gone. The practice started outside but as lightning began to flash, the team had to move things inside, forcing it to be a closed practice for the rest of the morning.

What takeaways were there on Day 11?

Winston rolled his ankle

Jameis Winston reportedly left practice early and backup quarterback Andy Dalton stepped in for the rest of the session. None of the media knew why Winston called it an early day but when head coach Dennis Allen spoke to the media, he mentioned that the QB1 had tweaked his foot and then later said the quarterback rolled his ankle.

Luke Johnson tweeted later in the day, however, that Winston is dealing with a foot injury.

Hopefully, he’s able to have a speedy recovery but it wouldn’t be shocking if he didn’t play at all in the preseason opener on Saturday night.

CJGJ back at practice

C.J. Gardner-Johnson wasn’t practicing much last week due to wanting a new contract but it appears that he’s back to practice for the rest of the summer now. The Saints would be foolish not to try and get a deal worked out with their star defensive back but that’s easier said than done.

With Gardner-Johnson back on the field, it becomes less of a distraction and hopefully, the two sides can agree to a deal before the season gets underway.

Book ready to rock?

With the news surrounding Winston’s ankle, it was a good time for third-string quarterback Ian Book to have a nice practice. Sean Fazende noted that he felt as though “Book had one of his best practices” during Monday’s activities.

Book joined the team last year as a fourth-round pick out of Notre Dame and the plan was for him to not see the field during the course of his rookie season. Unfortunately, due to a plethora of injuries at the quarterback position and a spike in positive COVID-19 cases, Book was thrown into the deep end of the pool late in the season and was sacked eight times in his debut.

With Andy Dalton signed to back up Winston, Book hopefully won’t see any meaningful playing time this year but it’s nice to see the second-year signal-caller stepping up this summer.

The biggest news from Monday’s practice was obviously Jameis Winston rolling his ankle. If he needs to sit out the first preseason game while his ankle heals, fans would be just fine with that. Hopefully, he’s good to go for the regular season.

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