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Hey, hey, hey, it’s that time, Saints fans. What guido calls the 4th (or possibly) 5th most wonderful time of the year. We just dropped from triple to double digits in the number of days before the season starts, and that means….wait for it….

THE COUNTDOWN!!!!

Here we go on our annual romp through the roster, counting down by jersey number the days until the first game of the Saints season. (Yes, I know the official season starts before the Saints first game this year. Friends of the Countdown can join this chorus: "We Don’t Care." First day of the season to us is Saints first game. Period. This is Countdown policy. Sticklers for technicalities, go be a lawyer.)

The last couple of years I’ve been on the road more and try to stay off strange WiFi. Which means I use my phone as a hotspot for my tablet. Not always the most reliable internet, even in big cities. So others on the board pitched in. Inside job was the first. Last year I threw doing the pics to the board. That led to the biggest improvement the Countdown has seen when SaintLuke took over the task. He’s got some real skills, and Luke has graciously agreed to be my partner again this year. I am so glad to have him. So a big thanks to Luke, who you will come to appreciate if you haven’t already.

We’ve got some really intriguing additions to this roster, and we are going to cover them one at a time. Before you know it (somewhere in the 50’s or 40’s) it’ll be training camp.

We have a rule here on the Countdown, and it’s one that I intend to enforce. We do not call players camp bodies. These are talented, trained athletes who are working hard and performing at a level that most of us can only ever dream about. And the fact that the Saints think they might play a role on the roster, that makes them our guys. And the ones who are not roster shoe-ins are pursuing a life long dream. We want them to succeed. Like remember a guy named Pierre Thomas? UDFA who beat out a fourth round RB for a roster spot, and proved forever that Sean Payton runs a meritocracy. Plus, the term is dismissive and therefore rude. We are not rude on saintsreport. Andrus set up a family atmosphere where we can disagree but do it in a respectful way. So you are not just free, but welcome to post your legitimate doubts or questions about any player. Just don’t call him a camp body. If you do, you will be asked point blank why you think so. And you will be shunned. You won’t feel it because it’s the internet, but you will still be shunned, and somehow you will not like it. I don’t know how that works. But it does. So play nice.

Now let’s start where we always do, with the big numbers and the big guys.

99 Geneo Grissom 6’ 4” 265 DE Oklahoma

We signed Grissom in the middle of May. He is reported to play all over the line. Our line, especially at DE is set, so it looks like Grissom will be using his versatility (which Payton loves) to make it onto the roster as rotational player on the line. Welcome to New Orleans, Geneo. Can’t wait for you to show us what you can do.
 
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30 Our number 30, Matt Dayes, was just put on injury designation, and for some reason I don't understand, has to clear waivers to be placed on IR. But it looks a lot like he won't be playing for us this season. In his place, we signed a new running back, so we will cover him today.

Kerwynn Williams 5' 8" 195 RB Utah State

Williams has experience as a QB, RB, and WR. He has also run a 4.4 forty. He's been in the league since 2013, and one year had over 1K all purpose yards with the Cardinals. Oh yeah, add kick and punt returner to that experience. We will be looking at him in the preseason and giving him his shot at the final 53.
 

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Ah, tinman. Never limit banjos to bluegrass. New Orleans jazz bands.

Funny, I was going to mention this. The banjo has a history with Congo Square, which is one of the reasons it became known as a jazz instrument.
Different type of banjo. Dixieland jazz uses a tenor, 4 string open back predominantly in a percussive strumming play. Bluegrass is a 5 string resonator banjo played w/a 3 finger roll(Scruggs Style based on guitarist Merl Travis technique). Old timey is usually an open back 5 string played "clawhammer" style.
The original "banjo" style instrument was based on an African gourd instrument & adapted from there. The bluegrass style has definitely replaced all the others as the predominant instrument(look forother types for sale, it's a chore). Other than Dixieland, the banjo has been mostly replaced by the guitar in jazz ensembles.

Back to Saints football!

Who Dat!
 
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29 days. No number 29 as of right now, so we are going to pick up a guy who wasn’t with us when his current jersey number was up.

Ziggy Hood 6’ 3” 305 DT Missouri

Hood spent last year with Miami and Washington. We know that Rankins is currently on the PUP list and may be there for game 1, and we also now know that Onyemata will serve a one game suspension for a misdemeanor marijuana summons. Hood has experience all along the D line, and we will need help from backups early in the year. Good that there was an experienced vet available. He’s wearing number 76.
 
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28 Latavius Murray 6’ 3” 230 RB Central Florida

We signed Murray quickly in free agency, signaling that Ingram was headed elsewhere. Murray will likely play a similar role, and he is a bigger back to Ingram’s 5’ 9”, 215 frame. He will be looked to in short yardage, and he is the presumed replacement for Ingram in our one-two punch backfield, but we’ve been signing some other interesting backs as well. This is a fun competition to follow through the preseason. Because let’s face it, the games themselves, boring. Keeping up with who is getting the carries and how they are doing helps. We’d love to see Murray step up. He’s a big bruiser, but he likes to lean forward when he runs, which brings YAC, and has also shown a spin move in the past. He might be a little more slippery than Ingram. That would be awesome.
 

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Nice job with the pics, Luke. I can see in some of them that forward lean that I had read about. Really nice to see it so clearly. Thanks, Luke.
Yes, I totally agree. I am really enjoying this count down. As I am not able to attend training camp this year due to the way I work, I get to see all the new faces of the players we brought in this season. I appreciate all the hard work by all the people who put this together every season.
 
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27 Dwayne Washington 6’ 1” 223 RB Washington

When you’re talking who our second back will be, don’t leave Washington out of the conversation. Last year with Kamara and Ingram getting all the carries, Washington made his impact on special teams, until the last game against the Panthers when we were resting the starters. Washington piled up over 100 yards—in one half. So given his chance, Dwayne is likely to run with it. No pun intended.
 
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26 P. J. Williams 6’ 196 CB Florida State

Williams hit the free agent market this year, but hurt his own chances with a DUI. Saints signed him to a one year deal. P J is known as a great tackler, and reports from camp say he’s improving on coverage. With some heavy competition in camp, it will be interesting where he fits with our CB corps. But he had his best year playing last year after three frustrating years of dealing with injuries. Would love to see him step up and continue to improve and contribute.
 
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25 Eli Apple 6’ 1” 203 CB Ohio State

We traded for Apple last year during the season, and he played well. But we declined the fifth year option on his contract. He needs to keep improving to show he’s worth a big payday. Look for him to do just that. Apple was having trouble fitting in with the Giants, but he landed here with college teammates Vonn Bell and Marshon Lattimore. He hit a good stride right away with us, and he likes New Orleans. The team likes him, too, despite not picking up his fifth year. It was just too expensive for us. But Apple is a good player, and right now he is our starter opposite Lattimore. Give him a lot of credit for coming into a defense during the season and putting down some good games. Even though he was a bit inconsistent, he’s now got a whole training camp to get more familiar with our schemes. I’m thinking he’s going to look better and better.
 

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