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Closing The Book On The Saints’ Playoff Hopes
The Saints were down both QB Taysom Hill and QB Trevor Siemian, who were victims of the reserve/COVID-19 list. In their absence, the team started QB Ian Book under center against the Miami Dolphins. Book had some positives on his collegiate prospect profile, most notably that his 84 QBR ranked in the 85th percentile among all QB prospects and his athleticism (4.7, 40-yard dash, 80th percentile). The Saints, however, had no intention to play football. An uninspired game plan was called by head coach Sean Payton, resulting in a lackluster 20-3 loss by the Saints. The Saints’ defense has punched well above their weight class this year and it’s a shame to see the lack of creativity on offense. Hopefully, the Saints can make some noise next season.
The Dolphins on the other hand are a team ascendent. The defense was firing on all cylinders, opening the scoring with an easy pick-six. The defense also picked off Book late in the fourth quarter, which ended the game. WR Jaylen Waddle returned from the reserve/COVID-19 list and had a strong outing, posting 10-92-1 on 12 targets against the Saints. Waddle has mostly been targeted on short routes this year, but he did flash his ability as an adept receiver in all quadrants of the field. I’ll be genuinely interested in tracking Waddle’s ADP next season as I’ll be trying to draft him as much as possible.
Trey Lance’s Time Is Now
I try to not discuss old games in this space, but there are a few interesting news items from the Niners/Titans Thursday Night Football game. For starters, the subheading for this section gives it away. QB Jimmy Garoppolo was initially believed to have suffered a right thumb sprain in the Niners’ 20-17 loss to the Titans. Further testing revealed that Garoppolo had torn his UCL and fractured a bone in his right hand. I may not be a doctor,…