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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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Certainly thrilled to have seen Payton's "progression". I was in NYS when he was OC for the Giants. He kinda stunk up the joint & had his play calling duties pulled. The only thing I can positively recall, is his affect on Tiki Barber's fumbling issues.
GB definitely got the short end on that hiring cycle. We had seen WAY TO MUCH poor offense from McCarthy over the years.

THANKS FOR THE OUTSTANDING THREAD!
Best reason to get back here every year.
 
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IT'S GAMEDAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Ha! Seems so far away when we start with 99, but one day at a time sure helps it go faster. And we enter the season with a good sense of our roster. Just a few hours til we see them on the field.

Thanks to all our readers, and to all who contributed through the last 3 plus months.

And biggest thanks to StLuke. He has made this task so much easier for me, and he's got such a great eye for the photo part of it. Love to see what he comes up with, and love to have him on the Countdown.

New Orleans will be rocking all day. Such a great atmosphere. Everyone be safe and have a blast.


Geaux Saints!! Who Dat!!
 
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Ha! Love that y’all love the Countdown. It makes the long, hot summer go so much faster for me, and I love that it does the same for so many others. Having a long thread dedicated to our roster (the ones we love) in preparation for the season really seems to me to bring us together as a community. Easier to do that during the season, but this covers that tough part of the off season.

(Kudos to those who picked up the Mamas and Papas reference. Big kudos to those who got the William Faulkner reference. That last one is a southern literature/old movies thing.)

So thanks again to all who joined in.

Now y’all in New Orleans—go make noise.
 

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