Saints notebook: Keenan Lewis surprised by Junior Galette’s exit, hopes another team will ‘give him an opportunity’ _lowres

Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD -- New Orleans Saints cornerback Keenan Lewis (28) is injured on the play as he breaks up a pass intended for San Francisco 49ers tight end Vernon Davis (85) during the second quarter Sunday, Nov. 9, 2014,

The news that the Saints have decided to cut ties with Junior Galette surprised Keenan Lewis.

The veteran corner was on a plane when the news broke.

Lewis, who spent one of his final days before leaving for training camp by hosting hundreds of kids at the Keenan Lewis Foundation Youth Football camps, said he’d remember Galette as a good teammate.

“You know, that’s a guy who I think is a good guy. Probably made a couple of bad decisions lately, but I don’t want people to judge him,” Lewis said. “Give him a chance, give him an opportunity. Wish the best for him. Don’t talk down on him and say this guy’s that. Like they say, don’t ever judge a book from the first two pages. Always read the middle.”

Saints safety Kenny Vaccaro offered his own thoughts as well.

“I really didn’t follow all the stuff closely,” Vaccaro said. “Junior’s a great player, he played his heart out every game. It’s unfortunate that we can’t have him, because he’s a great pass rusher.”

Both Lewis and Vaccaro are confident the Saints have players on the roster who can replace Galette’s production off the edge. New Orleans’ premier pass rusher had 22 sacks over the past two seasons, but the Saints brought in several players who can play the outside.

“Championship teams, they’ve got to have depth,” Vaccaro said. = “(Hau’oli Kikaha), from Washington, great worker, seems like he’s going to be ready, to (Anthony) Spencer. We’ve got Parys (Haralson), we’ve got (Ronald) Powell, all those guys have been working super hard, and they all want to play, so we’ll be alright.”