Even though it is only the offseason for the New Orleans Saints, that doesn’t mean that some starting jobs aren’t already set. There is no official word on which players will be starting where, but many people have a pretty clear idea of some positions.
Some vital starting positions for the Saints will be on the defensive side of the ball. One thing that the Saints will need to focus on next season is improving their pass rush.
The Saints had a chance to draft an effective pass rusher in this year’s draft, but instead opted for Kenny Vacarro to help their secondary. One player that will have to step up this season is outside linebacker Junior Galette. Galette had limited playing time last season but he will see his role increase next season as the team implements their new 3-4 defensive scheme.
Galette is the favorite to win the starting weakside outside linebacker position, and perhaps his potential is part of the reason the Saints did not feel the need to draft a pass rusher with their first-round pick. In 12 games last season Galette was very productive as he managed 20 tackles, five sacks, and one forced fumble.
As a regular starter, Galette’s production could increase and he could become the pass rusher the Saints have been looking for.
He has great size at 6-foot-2, 258 pounds and is the perfect fit for a 3-4 outside linebacker. Galette also has great speed and strength that will allow him to get to the quarterback and vastly improve the Saints’ pass-rushing attack. He will probably benefit the most from the switch to the 3-4 defense and could become a force on the Saints’ defensive line.