Saints’ Book hails ‘unbelievable opportunity’ to make debut

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FILE - New Orleans Saints quarterback Ian Book warms up before the team;s NFL football game against the New York Giants in New Orleans on Oct. 3, 2021. The rookie out of Notre Dame, selected by the Saints in the fourth round of the 2021 draft, is expected to take his first regular season NFL snaps on Monday night against Miami. A COVID-19 outbreak affecting more than a dozen Saints players including quarterbacks Taysom Hill and Trevor Siemian left the Saints little choice but to elevate Book to a starting role this week. (AP Photo/Derick Hingle, File)


NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Saints rookie quarterback Ian Book says he’s made a point to be as ready to play as possible all season long — no matter how unlikely it looked that he’d get a chance. Now the rookie out of Notre Dame who began the season as New Orleans’ No. 4 QB is set to start against Miami on Monday night because of a COVID-19 outbreak that has infected 15 Saints players. Those testing positive have included regular starting QB Taysom Hill and veteran reserve Trevor Siemian. Books says he senses that his teammates have his back and are excited to see him get an opportunity.

Ben Scharnberg