Will Saints QB K.J. Costello receive any playing time vs. Packers?

Leigh Oleszczak
New Orleans Saints quarterback K.J. Costello - Mandatory Credit: Stephen Lew-USA TODAY Sports
New Orleans Saints quarterback K.J. Costello - Mandatory Credit: Stephen Lew-USA TODAY Sports /
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The New Orleans Saints only played two quarterbacks in the preseason opener. K.J. Costello was not one of them. Will he play at all when the Saints take on the Packers on Friday? 

After Jameis Winston’s injury during last week’s training camp, the New Orleans Saints signed another quarterback simply to have another body during the preseason. K.J. Costello was the newly-signed quarterback after having spent the spring on the Philadelphia Stars’ roster.

Costello played college ball at Stanford for four seasons before transferring to Mississippi State in 2020 where he threw for over 600 yards against the LSU Tigers. That performance is probably what came to mind when Saints fans heard Costello would be joining the team.

No one expected Costello to be a contender to make the roster, especially with the team having Jameis Winston and Andy Dalton as their QB1 and QB2. They’re also continuing to give Ian Book every opportunity to stick with the team and he received nearly all of the snaps in the 17-13 loss on Saturday.

Meanwhile, Costello waited on the sidelines and never ended up finding his way onto the field.

Will Saints give K.J. Costello any playing time vs. Packers?

While New Orleans likely did want Book to see the majority of the playing time last weekend, it’s also worth noting that Costello had just joined the team three days prior. That’d make things more difficult for him as far as learning the playbook goes. With a week to learn the offense, Costello might get a chance late in the game to show if he’s worth keeping around.

With Winston’s injury and Dalton filling in as the starter, it makes sense that we’d see mostly Book for the early part of the game and then maybe Costello getting put in during the end of the third quarter and finishing things out.

Book had a very up and down night against the Texans but he was also playing with third-stringers and fourth-stringers. The team probably wants to see more from him but it’d be nice to see Costello get a few reps as well.

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