Earlier this week, the New Orleans Saints received some tough news about their quarterback situation.
The team placed starting quarterback Taysom Hill and backup quarterback Trevor Siemian on the Reserve/COVID-19 list. That leaves former Notre Dame star quarterback Ian Book as the likely starter.
With two quarterbacks gone, the Saints needed to add a veteran presence just in case Book goes down with an injury. They did just that on Friday morning – adding veteran quarterback Blake Bortles.
“The Saints are expected to sign Blake Bortles today, per sources,” Saints insider Jeff Duncan said. “He will practice with the team today and be the backup quarterback to Ian Book on Monday night.”
The Saints are expected to sign Blake Bortles today, per sources. He will practice with the team today and be the backup quarterback to Ian Book on Monday night.
— Jeff Duncan (@JeffDuncan_) December 24, 2021
This won’t be Bortles’ first team of the 2021 season. Earlier this season he joined the Green Bay Packers in a reserve role.
The former No. 3 overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft has not played since 2019. He threw just two passes for the Los Angeles Rams that year.
Now he’ll suit up for the Saints – albeit on the bench – for their game against the Miami Dolphins on Monday night.