Saints prepping to start rookie Ian Book after Trevor Siemian, Taysom Hill placed on COVID list: report

The Saints are preparing to start the 2021 fourth-round draft pick out of Notre Dame for Monday night’s game against the Miami Dolphins, according to the NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero. 

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If Book does get the start, it will be his first NFL game. 

Ian Book of the New Orleans Saints warms up before a game against the Tennessee Titans at Nissan Stadium on Nov. 14, 2021 in Nashville. 

Ian Book of the New Orleans Saints warms up before a game against the Tennessee Titans at Nissan Stadium on Nov. 14, 2021 in Nashville.  (Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)

“I enjoyed watching his tape. He’s got some swag to him. He’s got some moxie to him. He knows how to play football,” a source told Pelissero of Book. 

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New Orleans went 5-2 in games started by QB Jameis Winston, who took over this season for the retired Drew Brees. But Winston went out for the season with a knee injury during their Week 7 game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Saints have lost every game that Siemian has started.

Saints quarterback Trevor Siemian passes against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in New Orleans on Oct. 31, 2021.

Saints quarterback Trevor Siemian passes against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in New Orleans on Oct. 31, 2021. (AP Photo/Derick Hingle)

Hill has had better luck but in the Saints’ latest win over the Bucs, he was just 13-of-27 for 154 yards and no touchdowns. 

New Orleans Saints quarterback Taysom Hill is congratulated by tight end Garrett Griffin after his touchdown against the New England Patriots on Sept. 26, 2021, in Foxborough, Massachusetts.

New Orleans Saints quarterback Taysom Hill is congratulated by tight end Garrett Griffin after his touchdown against the New England Patriots on Sept. 26, 2021, in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (AP Photo/Mary Schwalm)

At 7-7, the Saints will need a win against Miami to keep their playoff hopes alive.

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