Saints reportedly will start rookie QB Ian Book vs. Dolphins on Monday

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In Drew Brees' 15-year span with the New Orleans Saints, the franchise started only five different quarterbacks.

This season alone, following Brees' offseason retirement, the Saints are about to start their fourth different QB.

Up next this week: rookie Ian Book, the team's fourth-round pick in April who reportedly will start Monday against the Miami Dolphins. 

According to reports, Book will replace the team's most recent QB starter, Taysom Hill, who is expected to land on the COVID-19 reserve list.

New Orleans Saints rookie QB Ian Book
Rookie QB Ian Book appears set to make his first start and NFL debut for the New Orleans Saints this week. (Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)

Book has been on the Saints' active roster all season but has yet to play a regular-season snap. In the preseason, he completed 9-of-16 passes for 126 yards and an interception. Book did not attempt any runs in the preseason but was a good runner at Notre Dame, rushing for 1,517 yards and 17 TDs in his four seasons with the Irish.

Book was the last active quarterback on the Saints rooster, as Trevor Siemian is also expected to be in the COVID protocol and Jameis Winston is on injured reserve. They do not have one on the practice squad, either. So, on Friday, the Saints signed former Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles to back Book up on Monday.

Saints head coach Sean Payton (COVID) missed the team's rousing victory over the Buccaneers last week. If he's able to return, he'll be challenged with conjuring some magic on offense as the team turns to Book.

There's also the fact that the 7-7 Saints are only 2-4 at the Superdome this season, although the Dolphins. have a 2-4 road record to match.

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