RICHMOND—Junior Galette hasn’t taken the field for his first practice with the Redskins yet, but his new teammates are excited about what he’ll add to a defense that struggled last season to consistently apply pressure to the opposing quarterback.
“I’ve seen him play a few times,” free safety Dashon Goldson said shortly before Galette signed on Friday. “And he had  sacks the past two years. I mean, hey, that says a lot about him. We’ll love to have him if he gets here. We’ll welcome him and I think he can help our defense out tremendously.”
Defensive end Ricky Jean-Francois said he has spoken to Galette, who visited the team Thursday night.
“Having a guy like him, you can do much more,” Jean-Francois said. “…It’s going to be ridiculous. It’s going to be hard for the D coordinator to dial what he wants up [with so many pass rush options].”
Galette, who was released by the Saints this week because of off-the-field troubles, signed a one-year contract for the league minimum. The 27-year-old was arrested in January on misdemeanor domestic violence and battery charges. The charges were later dropped. There’s also a two-year-old video that allegedly shows Galette striking a people with a belt during altercation on a beach. His attorney has said the man in the video is not Galette. It’s unclear if he’ll face any disciplinary action from the league.
Galette’s new teammates in Washington are aware of the baggage he brings. DeSean Jackson and Goldson, however, said there’s enough leadership in the locker room to guide him, if necessary.
“The certain influence of certain individuals here can definitely be positive,” Jackson said. “You have a lot of guys that have went through things in their career—myself, D-Hall, Trent Williams. There’s a lot of positive influences on this team.”
Goldson added: “We have a veteran guys in here. We have guys who are clean, that walk a straight line. We don’t have [any] knuckleheads around here. …Once you get around guys like that, with positive attitudes, with one mindset, it’s easy to for you [to fit in].”
Jean-Francois, meantime, also pointed out that Galette will have two new teammates with strong ties to Haiti that can lend their support, referring to himself and Pierre Garçon.
“I have spoken to him,” Jean-Francois before cracking, “All Haiti is just taking over the team. Just bring us all up here to take over the city. Ain’t nothing wrong with that.”
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