Junior Galette’s confidence in the current group of Saints has left some hurt feelings among his predecessors.

When meeting with reporters Thursday, Galette said he believes the players the team has now are better than the ones they replaced. In doing so, he specifically named Jonathan Vilma and Will Smith.

“I’d take Kenny Vaccaro over any (former) safety,” he said. “And Cameron over any defensive end. (Free safety) Jairus Byrd (signed last offseason) over any safety. And Lofton is putting up numbers that Vilma never put up. It is what it is.”

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