The Redskins recent re-signing of linebacker Junior Galette finally put to bed weeks of wondering whether or not the man who had acquired 22 sacks in his last two active seasons, the man who tore his Achilles last August, the man who acquired a Redskins tattoo on his upper arm, the man who has posted frequently on his Twitter account about his recovery, would return and make good on his strong desire to stay in Washington.
In terms of the product on the field, it also significantly enhanced the linebacker position, solidifying two legitimate pass rushers on either side of the defense.
Standing opposite of Galette this season, linebacker Ryan Kerrigan said on Wednesday, participating in a Pros vs. GI Joes event, that he was excited for the damage the pair of them will bring.
“Junior’s a really exciting addition,” Kerrigan said. “I feel like I can say he’s an addition because unfortunately, didn’t get to see him in game action last year, but from what we did see in training camp he was outstanding. I mean he’s got a rare skillset for a guy who’s 250 pounds and is a defensive lineman. So he’s going to be a very dynamic player for us and someone that I think is going to be a force for offenses to reckon with.”
Ricky Jean Francois, who was also at the event which took place a the Paralyzed Veteran’s of America headquarters, was just as ready to see him back in action.
“To have Junior back and be at full strength, I don’t know if a lot of people see his offseason workout, but he’s been working like crazy and a lot of the time when guys get hurt in the season they usually let it get to them and get down but it didn’t get to him,” Jean Francois said. “All he did was just work harder and show the game -- not show us, but show the game -- he has that passion for it. So just seeing him in the weight room, just seeing him doing drills, seeing him going out there saying he can get off faster now… Man, it’s going to be something great for [defensive coordinator] Joe [Barry] to be able to have two pass rushers off the edge, and just not mentioning you’ve got Preston Smith and you’ve got Trent Murphy back, so this is going to be a pass rushing front, but first you’ve got to stop the run.”
Kerrigan said he hasn’t been directly working out with Galette, but he can surely hear him.
“We’ve been there at the same time working out and he’s getting after it,” Kerrigan said. “Yeah, you can hear him that’s for sure. He’s an exciting guy and he’ll bring an intensity and a personality to our defense.”