Redskins linebacker Junior Galette will finally get his chance to return to the field in training camp, something he's been anticipating ever since initially suffering a season-ending injury last August.
Junior Galette simply can't put into words how excited he is to get back on the field after missing all of the 2015 season.
"You're just going to have to see when I get out there," Galette said on Wednesday when asked about returning from an Achilles tear he suffered last fall. "and how hard I'm going to go."
The Redskins held Galette out of offseason workouts. Instead, the Stillman College product has been rehabbing on the side with other players like Derek Carrier, Adam Hayward and Chris Thompson who are also recovery from recent surgeries.
But just like the intensity he showed last year during training camp when he was often the most explosive player on the field and gave perennial Pro Bowl tackle Trent Williams all he could handle, Galette has been all out during his recovery."
"He can't wait to put on the pads and practice," Redskins head coach Jay Gruden said last month. "He is working so hard with the trainers and on the sidelines listening to every call, he is into it. It's going to be fun watching him getting back on the field, he's very excited, and he's doing everything he can to get out there. He probably could go right now but we are being extra cautious with him to make sure he is a hundred percent ready for training camp. It's going to be an explosion when he comes back and that's for sure."
While the Redskins concluded minicamp this week – the team's last practices together before heading to Richmond for training camp – Galette believes the next six weeks are perhaps the most important of the entire year.
"When guys try to take a week or two off, and the next thing you know you have three weeks left…it's just that time where you can't really take any time off," Galette said. "You just got to go right into it."
The Washington Redskins today announced the signing of linebacker Junior Galette. Take a look back at the pass rusher's five-year NFL career.
Before signing with the Redskins last July, Galette recorded back-to-back double-digit sack seasons with the New Orleans Saints, tallying a career-high 12 sacks in 2013 before adding another 10 during his last healthy season in 2014.
He re-signed with Washington in March on a one-year deal.
Galette returns to only bolster an already disruptive group of pass rushes at the outside linebacker position.
Ryan Kerrigan, of course, has been one of the Redskins' most consistent players over the last five years while Preston Smith broke out at the tail-end of his rookie season in 2015, collecting five of his rookie-high eight sacks in the final three weeks of the season.
"I'm going to try and take it up to a whole other notch and join along with what they've been doing," Galette said. "But try to do my best to be one of the top-tier players not only on this defense, but in the league."