Philadelphia claims Ian Book as two former Eagles land elsewhere

Ian Book #16, Philadelphia Eagles (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
Ian Book #16, Philadelphia Eagles (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images) /

There was a lot of intrigue as a tad more than 800 players hit the waiver wire on Tuesday afternoon. The Philadelphia Eagles and the NFL’s 31 other franchises introduced their initial 53-man rosters for the coming regular season. That meant the next step was for teams to peruse a huge list of recently dismissed prospects to see if there were any that would help them upgrade.

In the end, claims were made on 33 players. The Eagles added a quarterback (as expected) in the form of Ian Book. Two former Birds landed elsewhere. Undrafted rookie free agent cornerback Josh Blackwell is now a member of the Chicago Bears. Offensive lineman Jack Anderson is now a member of the rival New York Giants.

Players claimed on the waiver wire are immediately added to the 53-man roster. Might that mean Josh Sills or Reed Blankenship’s time on the 53-man roster will be short-lived? Stay tuned. We won’t have to wait long to see how that question is answered.

Here are a few things to know about the new Eagles signal-caller, Ian Book.

Book, formerly of the New Orleans Saints, was inactive for the Week 11 clash a season ago. His lone appearance of the campaign came in Week 16. He completed 12 of 20 passes in that one, resulting in 135 yards, but he completed two passes to the wrong-colored jersey as the Saints lost by a 20-3 margin.

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Book was a fourth-round selection in 2021 after earning Third-Team All-ACC honors. In 45 games as a member of the Fighting Irish, he racked up a completion percentage en route to 8,948 passing yards, 72 touchdowns, 20 interceptions, and a passer rating of 147 during his time at Notre Dame.

We’ll have to wait and see how things develop as he joins an Eagles quarterback room that already features Jalen Hurts and Gardner Minshew.