Training camp day two: Galette striving for even better season

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, WV (WVUE) - While the New Orleans Saints offense put a bow on top of day two at training camp, linebacker Junior Galette is one of the leaders on the Saints defense who still has plenty of time to show the football world that he's ready to have another productive season in the NFL.

Galette is easily the most animated player on the Saints but he also has the game to back up his talk. He's one of the anchors of the defense and he uses his outgoing nature to rev up his crew.

"It's just who I am," Galette said. "I feel like off the field and on the field you get the same thing. I just have to make sure I'm that guy every day, not change for my teammates and make sure they're fired up even if they're tired. I have to be that guy, push everyone else and encourage all the young guys."

In 2011, Galette had 4.5 sacks, five in 2012 and 12 last season. Could that number rise?

"It's [about] more playing time," Galette said. "I feel like last year I had 800 reps. I just have to keep getting higher. That's the plan. I want to get more than that.

"This team [is better] with the additions of Jairus Byrd and Kenny Vaccaro stepping up to Pro Bowl caliber. Keenan Lewis, who's dominant and very overrated, and Akiem [Hicks] and Cam [Jordan] and all these young guys coming up, it's very realistic to set those high goals."

Jordan and Galette racked up a combined 24.5 sacks in 2013 but still aren't household names.

No. 93 is fine with that.

"If they're not [used to us], that's better for us," Galette said. "If they don't know now, they'll know next season."