Getting the first start of your NFL career without 22 available teammates due to COVID-19 was probably not the debut outing Ian Book had imagined when he dreamed of his first professional start. However, that was the hand Book got when he stepped in to start against the Miami Dolphins Monday night.
Book was hit by the Dolphins, was fired eight times and intercepted twice as Miami crossed to a 20-3 victory.
Saints head coach Sean Payton said it’s hard to read too much into Books’ performance given the circumstances he stepped into against Miami.
“Look, in fairness to Ian, it’s impossible to evaluate his game,” Payton told reporters after the match. “Hopefully we can get a little healthier, get some guys back and be ready to go next week.”
The book completed 12-of-20 passes in 135 yards with two interceptions against the Dolphins. He faced an attack of pressure from Miami when the Saints started backups at three spots on the offensive line and had a tackle in Kyle Murphy, which the team signed Monday before the game, ending the competition with the right tackle due to an injury that should fill. -i starts Caleb Benenoch.
Taysom Hill and Trevor Siemian both hit the COVID-19 list last week, paving the way for Book to get started.
“I think he prepared well,” Payton said. “I just think it’s one of the challenges that can sometimes take place, even in the later part of preseason matches, where you want to try to evaluate – especially in the quarterback position – but, you know, just keep him up.tonight was a challenge.and I’m sure there are some plays that you know we will watch and he will watch.The first interception was a throw he wants back but it’s a difficult position for him to be in.
“He’s competitive and tough. He’s probably going to make it. He’s going to be frustrated, like the rest of us, over some plays, but it’s definitely not going to define his growth or his career or what he’s doing. of the perfect storms, which, and it’s a difficult place, we’re all excited to see him, and yet it was just a difficult place for him to be in. And I think he’s smart enough to to understand it. “