According to ESPN’s Field Yates, the Philadelphia Eagles have claimed quarterback Ian Book. Book was a fourth-round roster of the New Orleans Saints out of Notre Dame in 2021. He appeared in one game in 2021 as a rookie, a 20-3 loss to the Miami Dolphins, in which he made 12 of 20 pass attempts for 135 yards completed, with 2 INTs.
The Eagles entered training camp in 2022 with four quarterbacks, in starter Jalen Hurts, backup Gardner Minshew, Reid Sinnett and unwritten rookie Carson Strong. Sinnett flashed in practice, but didn’t play well in the Eagles’ preseason games, being waived in 53-man cuts. Strong was painfully bad at the start of the camp, so much so that the Eagles stopped giving him reps in practice and barely played against him in the preseason games.
The Eagles have shown that they prefer to hire three quarterbacks, which makes sense in this new era of COVID. In Book, they now have a cheap quarterback with three years left on his rookie contract.
Scouting report of Lance Zierlein of 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.
The mobility of the book and the RPO game makes sense for the Eagles offense, but the other things above are certainly not encouraging.
Scouting report from Dane Brugler of The Athletic:
Book, a three-year starter at Notre Dame, had his most efficient season as a senior in offensive coordinator Tommy Rees’ plan and showed noticeable growth in his senior year. A two-time team captain, he set a career record of 30-5 (15-0 at home) leaving South Bend No. 2 (behind Brady Quinn) in nearly every passing category, including yards (8948) and touchdowns (72). Though undersized, Book is a brave double threat passer with quick feet and natural throwing skills along the way. He is hesitant with his reads from the pocket and is at his best on three step drops, which require quick timing throws. In general, Book needs to improve his trigger and touch as a pocket passer, but he is an instinctive, athletic play extender and proven winner. He projects as an NFL reserve who can shut down a backup job.
Here’s Book in action in his only professional appearance:
The Eagles will have to release a player to make room for Book.
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