Junior Galette, the Redskins’ surprise acquisition at the beginning of training camp, is likely to take his first snaps with the team’s defense when the Redskins play the Ravens in a preseason game on Saturday.
The outside linebacker, who had 22 sacks combined in the last two seasons for the Saints, has been brought along slowly by the team. He had a pectoral muscle injury and he was very limited in practice for most of the first two weeks he was with the team. He did not participate in either of the team’s first two preseason game.
“He's looked great,” said Jay Gruden. “I'd say if we had a game tomorrow he'd be out there. He's got his strength back. He took his time with it which was pretty smart. He probably could have practiced a little bit sooner than he did. We just want to make sure he had his full range of motion and his full strength back.”
Galette confirmed that he intends to suit up, likely for a limited workload.
Galette, who was cut by the Saints this offseason in the wake of some domestic violence issues and problems in the locker room, is looking forward to playing in the Redskins’ advanced defense.
“We've still got a lot of work to do, I know it looks good on paper,” he said. “We're actually doing real good in preseason, just excited to play in a really good defense.”
After his rough spring and summer, Galette is anxious to get going and prove his doubters wrong.
“It's brought this hunger that I haven't had since my rookie year, being undrafted” he said of his experiences since the end of last season. It's brought that back.”