Junior Galette hasn't played in a regular season game since 2014, but the outside linebacker is excited to be in a position to get back on the field healthy for the 2017 season.
Junior Galette hopes the third time's the charm for him in a Washington Redskins uniform after his past two seasons were cut short due to separate Achilles tears.
Galette noted on social media recently that he's returning to the Redskins for one more opportunity to show what he's capable of when healthy.
The seven-year veteran sat down with Redskins general manager Scot McCloughan who provided him a similar message from their previous meetings: he has Galette's back.
"To actually see that he stuck to his word and I've never even got a chance to show him how the way I'm going to perform on the field is very honorable," Galette told Redskins.com. "The loyalty is very rare especially in this league. For someone to tear both of their Achilles and still be getting a third contract, that's something you don't see every day. I owe myself first, of course, but I feel like I owe this team and this city a lot."
Galette was signed by the Redskins in August 2015, but suffered a torn Achilles just days before the team opened up regular season play. Although he spent his debut season in Washington on Injured Reserve, the Redskins remained confident in his abilities and re-signed him to a one-year deal last offseason.
But in the lead-up to training camp last summer, Galette -- who at times was working out three times a day -- tore his other Achilles while going through his own personal workouts.
"It was tougher the first time around," Galette admitted. "Then the second time came around. I just took that phrase of 'If at first you don't succeed, you've got to try again.' It was harder the first time because it was so shocking coming from New Orleans and thinking everything was going to be good and everybody embraces you then boom, torn Achilles. I think that was much more shocking and with the second time I've been here before, so now what?
"This is clearly a test and this can either be a turn into a positive or just feel sorry for myself and not play again. So I turned it into a positive and here I am now with another opportunity with a team that really believes in me."
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Galette hasn't even participated in a practice since his first torn Achilles, so he's eager to be cleared to return to football action so he can shake off the two years of rust that have built up.
"As soon as we get back and do spring training, [I'm ready] so I can get the steps and the footing," Galette said. "Certain techniques, foot and hand placement that you will lose if you don't work on it. I know I'm not there right now, but I feel like I am healthy enough to play during the spring training. I just need to tone it down since I was training about three times a day last year."
Galette will also be able to work with new defensive coordinator Greg Manusky more extensively. While he hasn't been able to go through drills under the former NFL player yet, Galette and Manusky "share the same concept and views" on how to rush the quarterback.
"That was a really good feeling, and he was always so honest and straight forward," Galette said. "It was very commendable to have that because you've got coaches that have their star players and they baby them and can lead to a lot of issues. He doesn't have that, he treats everybody pretty much the same. It was very good to see that he told me a lot of things that I hadn't known before. It was really good to know that I was playing for a coach that new what he was talking about."
If Manusky can unleash Galette's full abilities – the same ones that allowed him to get 22 sacks in his las two seasons in New Orleans – the Redskins could have a special pass rush in 2017.
"I think it's very possible to get about two years of sacks into one year," Galette said.