It’s all on Ian Book to make final roster of the Saints

New Orleans Saints, Ian Book (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)
New Orleans Saints, Ian Book (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images) /

As the New Orleans Saints put the finishing touches to their final roster, all eyes will be on their quarterback situation. At this point in time, it’s obviously a lock that quarterbacks Jameis Winston and Andy Dalton will be making it. Winston will be starting this upcoming season with Dalton being his main backup. The QB3 spot, however, is still up in the air for quarterback Ian Book.

The preseason finale for the Saints will see them go up against the Los Angeles Chargers. It remains to be seen if Winston will get any playing time but make no mistake about it, it’s all on Book to prove his case and earn a spot on the Saints’ final roster.

The Saints already know that Dalton is more than capable of being Winston’s backup due to all his experience but Book is definitely on the roster bubble heading into Friday’s game. It would make a ton of sense for the Saints to keep him regardless due to Winston’s unfortunate past with injuries but one never knows what the final decisions will be once roster cuts need to be finalized.

Quarterback Ian Book is on the roster bubble of the New Orleans Saints

There is no guarantee that the Saints will carry three quarterbacks heading into 2022 as it’s imperative that Book not only shows up but delivers. Considering Winston’s unfortunate past with injuries, it might be best for the Saints to be safe than sorry and go into the regular season with three quarterbacks but one never knows.

Most NFL teams tend to have just two active quarterbacks and use that extra spot to add depth to another key positional group. In the best-case scenario, considering that Book already is familiar with the Saints’ offense and players, he’ll be kept in at least a practice squad role. Either way, it’s all on him to secure his spot and prove he’s worth keeping around in the grand scheme of things.

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Hopefully, Book plays well enough against the Chargers to make it a no-brainer for the higher-ups to keep him around in some capacity for 2022. Otherwise, they might cut him loose, which might be a bit of a risk for the Saints to go into the regular season with just two active quarterbacks on the roster. Only time will tell what transpires between now and when final rosters are due as hopefully, they keep Book around just in case something unfortunate happens to the quarterbacks above him on the depth chart.