Two three years ago B.J. Raji wouldn't have been cool with this.
When the Green Bay Packers defense turns to nickel to dime he's been on the sideline. Powerless. With a chance to pad his stats — in ahem a contract year — the defensive end is on hold.
Raji insists this isn't difficult not even with millions of dollars at stake.
"You know what? No no" Raji said. "To do that you have to be secure in yourself as a player and I am. I believe I'm one of the best in the league."
Maybe you've noticed. Through three games there's been less Raji. He hasn't been featured as a pass rusher giving way to Mike Daniels Datone Jones and Mike Neal. The Packers for now have significantly reduced Raji's snaps. After 51 snaps in the base-heavy season opener he has played 32 and 31 snaps. He isn't being used as a penetrating disruptive force.
Repeatedly Raji says he's fine with this.
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