Eagles claim former fourth-round pick off waivers to be their third quarterback

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Chauncey Gardner-Johnson isn’t the only member of the Saints to leave the Big Easy to join the Philadelphia Eagles.

The Birds also add former New Orleans quarterback Ian Book to their roster. They imposed a waiver claim (19th in order) after the Saints downgraded their 2021 fourth-round roster on Tuesday.

The associated move to clear a spot for Book is currently unclear; Please note that the Eagles cannot result in a player being placed on an injured reserve who is eligible to return this season. Stay informed on that front.

While some may wonder if the Eagles are real? need to keep three quarterbacks on their roster of 53 players, it should come as no surprise that The QB Factory has added another passer to the team. They apparently wanted to keep Reid Sinnett behind Jalen Hurts and Gardner Minshew. That is, until Sinnett really bombed in the preseason games. Howie Roseman historically likes to keep three quarterbacks.

Book, 24, played college football at Notre Dame. He finished as the Fighting Irish’s all-time winning quarterback with a starting record of 30-5. Book completed 63.8% of his attempts for 7.8 yards per attempt, 72 touchdowns and 20 interceptions.

The Saints were forced to use Book for one start last season after sustaining multiple quarterback injuries. He completed 12 of his 20 attempts (60%) in that game for 135 yards (6.8 yards per attempt), zero touchdowns, two interceptions and a 40.6 passer rating in 20 to 3 loss to the Miami Dolphins.

Book hardly seems like the most intriguing development option, but the Birds clearly see some value in its potential. With Minshew set to be a free agent after this season, he could theoretically rise to the QB2 job next year. But Book has a lot to prove before anyone can really be sure they’re playing meaningful snaps.

Here is the book pre-draft exploration report on Book via NFL.com:

Notre Dame’s winning quarterback brings a lot of leadership and general intangibles. He also has great gaming experience in his background. However, his size and arm strength are below NFL standards and there is nothing in his game he can really hang his hat on that counteracts these issues. He makes receivers work too hard for the catch and was horrible to throw out of the numbers in 2020. He is effective in RPO calls. He also does a good job of feeling bag pressure and sliding around or getting out of the bag to play. He is a capable runner and a plus athlete, but lacks the playing qualities necessary to make a splash in the NFL.

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In other waiver news, the Eagles lost Jack Anderson to the New York Giants and Josh Blackwell to the Chicago Bears.

There are multiple reasons why Anderson to NYG makes sense. Former Bills executive GM was in Buffalo when Anderson was drafted there last year. Former Eagles CEO Brandon Brown, who oversaw the movements of professional personnel in Philly, likely played a part in the Birds taking Anderson away from Buffalo’s practice squad. Oh, and the Giants’ offensive line isn’t that great and could definitely use more help. Good pick up for them, unfortunately. I was one of the many beat writers who had Anderson make the Eagles’ 53 players, but they kept Josh Sills instead. They seemingly appreciated the versatility of Sills’ tackle/guard more than Anderson’s center/guard repertoire.

As for Blackwell, that’s an interesting one. I didn’t even have him on the Eagles practice squad. He was just waived (and not picked up) by the Birds last week when they were reduced to 80 players. The Eagles only brought him back temporarily to eat photos in the preseason finale. Anyway, good for Blackwell.

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Christopher Brito is a social media producer and trending writer for The Valley Voice, with a focus on sports and stories related to race and culture.

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