METAIRIE, La. -- The latest sign of the New Orleans Saints' defensive resurgence? Outside linebacker Junior Galette was named the NFC’s Defensive Player of the Week for his performance in the Saints’ 28-10 victory over the Carolina Panthers last Thursday.
Galette had two sacks, including a critical forced fumble when the game was still scoreless in the second quarter -- though Galette was the first to admit teammates Cam Jordan and Tyrunn Walker helped set that one up on a day when the entire defensive front found its rhythm.
This is Galette’s first career Player of the Week award, adding to a banner season in which he was also named a team captain for the first time and signed a four-year contract extension worth between $41.5 million and $48 million.
Galette leads the Saints with six sacks.