Ian Book readying for “unbelievable opportunity”

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Jameis Winston is on injured reserve. Taysom Hill and Trevor Siemian are the COVID-19 reserve list.

That leaves rookie Ian Book as the only healthy quarterback on the Saints’ active roster.

“I did the math there pretty quickly,” Book quipped Friday, via Brett Martel of the Associated Press.

It’s possible Hill or Siemian could clear COVID-19 protocols before Monday night, but Book and the Saints are preparing for the rookie fourth-round choice to make his NFL debut against the Dolphins.

“I’m planning on playing,” Book said. “You can’t just flip that switch on Monday morning, trying to get ready. It doesn’t work like that, especially at the quarterback position.”

The Saints have 15 players on their COVID-19 reserve list, including defensive captain Demario Davis and right tackle Ryan Ramczyk. With or without some of its best players, New Orleans, at 7-7, faces a must-win to keep its playoff hopes alive.

Book, though, says “there’s a million excuses out there is what I’d say, and we’re going to use none of them.”

“It’s an unbelievable opportunity,” Book said. “I don’t know what it’s going to feel like. I’ve played in big games, but I think this is the biggest, obviously. We’re professionals now and this is Monday Night Football.”

10 responses to “Ian Book readying for “unbelievable opportunity”

  1. Opportunity comes unexpectedly in the NFL. And it may never come again. Carpe diem. Seize the moment, Ian. Savor the opportunity.

  2. As a notre damn fan i will say that Book always folded when the pressure was on in big games. Will that transfer to the NFL?, i dunno but just from experience thats all ive seen.

  3. Just go out there and have fun. Do what you’ve been doing all your life. I’m not expecting to see a 10 year veteran who’s in sync with his receivers. I’m not expecting much at all. Just looking forward to watching this kid play in his first NFL game. It might not be pretty, but it will be beautiful. Good luck!

  4. Season over, might as well give him a shot. Still can’t believe Sean Payton didn’t fix his QB situation before the season started.

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