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Eagles claim QB Ian Book off waivers

QB Ian Book
QB Ian Book

"We will have a third quarterback for sure," Executive Vice President/General Manager Howie Roseman said after Tuesday's roster cutdown that left the Eagles with Jalen Hurts and Gardner Minshew at the position.

Roseman and the personnel staff scoured the waiver wire and found a young, developmental quarterback to add to the active roster. The Eagles claimed Ian Book off waivers from the New Orleans Saints on Wednesday. In order to make room, the Eagles waived linebacker Davion Taylor.

Here's what you need to know about the Eagles' new quarterback:

• The 24-year-old Book was a fourth-round pick of the Saints in 2021 out of Notre Dame. Book was the Saints' leading passer this past preseason, completing 64.6 percent of his pass attempts for 315 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions. He was also, in fact, the team's leading rusher with 121 ground yards.

• At 6-feet, 206 pounds, Book made his NFL debut last season on Monday Night Football, starting a Week 16 game against the Miami Dolphins.

• Book ended his college career as the winningest quarterback in Notre Dame's esteemed history, finishing with a 30-5 record. He guided the Fighting Irish to the College Football Playoff in his senior season of 2020, completing 64.6 percent of his attempts for 2,830 yards with 15 touchdowns and only three interceptions. He also gained 485 yards and scored nine touchdowns on the ground.

• A two-time captain and three-year starter, the El Dorado Hills, California native played in 45 games at Notre Dame, completing 728-of-1,141 attempts (63.8 percent) for 8,948 yards and 72 touchdowns, while carrying 360 times for 1,518 yards and 17 additional scores.

• Two Eagles were claimed off waivers by other teams – guard Jack Anderson by the Giants and cornerback Josh Blackwell by the Bears.

The Eagles announced the initial 53-man roster after Tuesday's 4 PM final cutdown.

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