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Veteran Presence Anchoring Improved Packers Defense

With veterans leading the way last season, Green Bay’s defense made a significant leap from the year prior. Here I take a look at each level of the defense and the veterans that help hold it down.Defensive LineGreen Bay’s defensive line situation appears in good shape after managing to re-sign B.J. Raji to a one-year extension in the offseason. The 330-plus-pound nose tackle...
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B.J. Raji Plans on Returning Strong for the Green Bay Packers

GREEN BAY, WI – JANUARY 05: B.J. Raji #90 of the Green Bay Packers celebrates a incomplete pass by the San Francisco 49ers in the first quarter during their NFC Wild Card Playoff game at Lambeau Field on January 5, 2014 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)   B.J Raji is planning to return strong for the Green Bay Packers in the 2015 season. Last year...
Via The Sports Journal
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B.J. Raji staying healthy, trying to avoid Gilbert Brown-like career

Green Bay Packers NT B.J. Raji will try the best he can to avoid eating his way out of what could be a long and frutiful career. The 28-year-old seemed to be headed in the same direction as former Packer Gilbert Brown, who could'n't keep his weight in check, writes Pete Dougherty of the Green Bay Press-Gazette. Back in 1995-96, Brown was an integral part of a Packers defense...
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19 days ago  |  Discuss

Mike McCarthy excited about DE B.J. Raji: 'I think B.J. is in a great place'

Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy took time to talk about the progress of defensive end B.J. Raji and his conditioning after missing a year due to a biceps injury. "I think B.J. is in a great place," McCarthy said, via the team's website. "I thought last year was his best training camp. He's in great shape. He looks great." "I’m able to do everything," Raji said, via...
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27 days ago  |  Discuss

B.J. Raji's return could lift Green Bay Packers D-line to new heights

Green Bay Packers defensive line coach Mike Trgovac is coaching a unit that's layered with options heading into the 2015 season, starting with a healthy B.J. Raji at nose tackle. Raji missed all of last season with a biceps injury, and Tyler Dunne of the Journal Sentinel reports that his return can launch Green Bay's defensive line to the top of the NFL. Head coach Mike McCarthy...
Via Fox Sports
June 02, 2015  |  Discuss

Packers Decision-Time Nearing on B.J. Raji

The Green Bay Packers had a dilemma coming off the 2013 season. Their starting defensive end recorded only 17 combined tackles in a 16 game season with zero explosive plays. He had become a place-holder rather than a play-maker. What does that translate to in terms of a new contract, if anything? If you were the Green Bay Packers would you consider that player’s body of work over...
March 16, 2015  |  Discuss

B.J. Raji out for season with torn biceps muscle

B.J. Raji’s 2014 season is over before it started. The Green Bay Packers nose tackle played just the first two series in Friday night’s game against the Oakland Raiders before sitting out the rest of the game with an apparent bicep injury. Packers coach Mike McCarthy said after the game that he believed the injury wasn’t too serious, but reported Saturday that Raji...
August 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Shots fired: Green Bay Packers DT B.J. Raji named top-10 overrated player in NFL

Yesterday, the fine folks at Grantland released the second half of their annual NFL trade value list, which ranks each player in the league based on how much interest they would garner on the open market. It’s an interesting list, one that is fun to compare with a similar piece cover32 posted earlier in the offseason. While there were plenty of similarities between the two...
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July 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Cory’s Corner: Packers’ 2014 D begins and ends with Ragi

With the signing of Julius Peppers, B.J. Raji could have a snice year. I gave B.J. Raji a lot of grief last year. After setting career lows in total tackles (12) and tallying no sacks for the second straight season, it was completely warranted. Raji’s argument was that he barely played his true position as a bona fide nose tackle. He dabbled in playing end and also spent time as...
July 22, 2014  |  1 Comment

Green Bay Packers: Why B.J. Raji Will Return to Form in 2014

The biggest thing the Green Bay Packers defense has been lacking over the past three seasons is difference makers. Every great defense in the NFL has them and they are essential to a dominant defense. Unfortunately, the Packers have been lacking these kinds of players recently and if their defense is going to improve in 2014, they need more of them to come to the forefront.  Defensive...
Via The Packers Guru
June 03, 2014  |  Discuss

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