Here is what you need to know on this Friday, June 17, 41 days before the Washington Redskins start training camp in Richmond.
—The Redskins last played a game 159 days ago. It will be 87 days until they host the Steelers in their 2016 season opener.
—Days until: Redskins training camp starts 41; Preseason opener @ Falcons 55; Final roster cut 78
Galette says he’ll be better than ever
Junior Galette has let the world—or at least the portion of it that pays attention to his Instagram feed—know that he is going to be better than ever in 2016.
He cites the “elite” defensive backs who will be playing behind him as the reason why he will be so good this year. Using their Twitter handles he lists Bashaud Breeland, Deshazor Everett, DeAngelo Hall, Duke Ihenacho, Quinton Dunbar, and Josh Norman. Of that group that only one who anyone not drawing a paycheck signed by Dan Snyder would call elite is the All-Pro Norman. But Galette is entitled to use hyperbole when pumping up his teammates.
What kind of talent did Galette have working behind him in New Orleans in 2013 and 2014 when he had 12 and 10 sacks, respectively?
The Saints’ defense was pretty solid in 2013, Galette’s breakout season. He went from starting one game and getting five sacks in 2012 to 15 starts and 12 sacks. The team was fourth in both yards allowed and points allowed and they went 11-5. Nobody in the defensive backfield made the Pro Bowl but it was a decent group with veterans Jabari Greer and Keenan Lewis at cornerback and Malcolm Jenkins and rookie Kenny Vaccaro at safety. Between the four of them they picked off eight passes.
In 2014 the supporting cast was not nearly as strong. The Saints fell to 28th in the league in points allowed and 31st in yards against and fnished 7-9. Vaccaro and Lewis were back as starters but the other defensive back positions were unstable all year. They gave Jairus Byrd a truckload of money to play safety but he was only healthy enough to play in four games. Corey white and Patrick Robinson shared starts at the at corner opposite Lewis.
How does the Redskins’ current crop of DB’s compare to Galette’s former teammates? Looking at it right now, the presence of Norman puts the Redskins perhaps a cut above. But that’s assuming that Norman is able to transition to a new team successfully and as we’ve learned in Washington, free agent success is far from a given.
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