Packers Xs and Os: the Unheralded Nose Tackle is the Key to Dominance

The nose tackle position for the Green Bay Packers appears to be one of depth and strength as the 2015 season approaches. Perhaps, it could be the best they’ve had since the 2010 season when B.J Raji was dominant and Ryan Pickett was versatile along the line. This off season, Raji is returning to health by rebuilding his body through yoga after rupturing his biceps in the 2014...
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Veterans Peppers and Raji back to fortify Packers D

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) Two of the most respected veterans on Green Bay's defense are separated by just a couple stalls in the locker room. Julius Peppers and B.J. Raji feel as if they have a lot left to accomplish despite all the hits they have administered, and all blocks they have shed over the years. The pass-rushing Peppers is going into his 14th year in the league. Raji is entering...
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16 hours 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...
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5 Takeaways from Packers OTAs so far

The Green Bay Packers have completed three days of OTAs so far. Based on what we’ve learned during these three days, we can make the following conclusions about the 2015 version of the Packers: Absolutely nothing. That’s right, nothing. Zip. Zero. Nadda. Anyone who tries to make grand claims after OTAs is just desperate for attention. But we can still learn a thing or two during...
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Big Man, Small Effect: How Important is a Nose Tackle?

Traditional thought has always said that the lynchpin of a successful 3-4 defense like the Packers run is a giant nose tackle who can contain the pocket against a double team and a versatile outside linebacker who can rush the passer.  Ted Thompson definitely followed that philosophy to a T the very first year that the Packers implemented the 3-4 defense by drafting a nose tackle...
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Packers DT B.J. Raji uses yoga to prevent injuries

Green Bay Packers defensive tackle B.J. Raji, who was selected in the first round of the 2009 NFL Draft, hasn’t sacked a quarterback since the 2011 season. But he missed all of the 2014 season with a torn bicep. Playing on a one-year contract with the Packers, Raji is doing all that he can to ensure that he remains healthy and plays the entire 2015 season. After his injury last...
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2 days ago  |  Discuss

Weekend web roundup: Green Bay Packers

BJ Raji turns to yoga to get back on track ► As one of the Green Bay Packers' few injury causalities in 2014, the defensive ... Cunningham has a rotation of seven to 10 Packers she works with, sometimes ... Darren Sharper Pleads Guilty to Drug Distribution Charges ► Sharper, a former safety for the New Orleans Saints, Minnesota Vikings and Green Bay Packers, had been accused...
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Injury updates: Raji's strength 'phenomenal,' Randall sidelined by ankle

Green Bay Packers defensive tackle B.J. Raji suffered a serious injury to his right bicep last season, but his path to recovery has been smooth so far. Raji’s trainer, Joe Carini, told Tyler Dunne of the Journal Sentinel that his client is back to shoulder pressing 335 pounds multiple times and putting up 450 pounds on the bench press. “He’s actually better now than he’s...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

Packers Open OTA’s – Middle Linebackers Are. . .

The Green Bay Packers took to Clarke Hinkle Field on Thursday for the first of three OTA sessions.  It gave fans and media their first look at some of the rookie class of 2015 as well as saw the return of a few faces that were missing last year in that of receiver Jared Abbrederis and defensive lineman B.J. Raji.  Rookie quarterback Brett Hundley and receiver Ty Montgomery were...
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Green Bay Packers Undrafted Rookies: Three Poised to Make an Impact

As you may have seen from my Friday post, I went out on a limb by predicting the opening day roster for the 2015 Green Bay Packers. The roster contains sixteen new faces who were not active roster players at the end of last season. Not all are ‘new’ however as four players return from IR to make this year’s team (B.J. Raji, Jared Abbredaris, Don Barclay and Khyri Thornton)...
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16 days ago  |  Discuss

Nick Perry will have to prove his worth to the Packers

The Green Bay Packers declined to pick up the fifth-year option on Nick Perry’s contract on Sunday, which means the first-round pick in 2012 will become a free agent after this season. The Packers and Perry can work out a contract extension before next March, but the linebacker is in a a prove-it-or-lose-it year. If the Packers picked up the option, Perry’s rookie contract...
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29 days ago  |  Discuss

Mike Daniels next in line for new deal from Packers?

Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports Mike Daniels is one of the most underrated members of the Green Bay Packers’ defense, and was ranked the 11th best interior pass rusher in the entire NFL. That is an impressive ranking, and it’s hard to see Ted Thompson letting a guy like him leave anytime soon if he has anything to say about it. PackersNews.com brought up the question of whether...
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April 21, 2015  |  Discuss

Packers Are Envy of NFL Entering 2015 Draft

There are many teams entering the 2015 NFL Draft with a number of needs they are desperate to fill. But thankfully, the Green Bay Packers will not be one of them. The Packers have needs. Don’t get me wrong. They could use an inside linebacker to ease the burden on Clay Matthews and to play alongside Sam Barrington. Green Bay needs help at corner following the free agent departures...
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April 17, 2015  |  Discuss

Packers should seriously consider Kevin Johnson in draft

Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports Kevin Johnson is a 6’1″ and 175-pound cornerback out of Wake Forest, and is one of the top cornerback prospects in the 2015 NFL Draft class. There are quite a few teams that will be looking for help at the cornerback position this year, and one of those teams is the Green Bay Packers. Green Bay is still smarting from a tough loss at the hands...
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April 15, 2015  |  Discuss

Packers expecting big season from CB Demetri Goodson

Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports The Green Bay Packers have quite a few question marks on the defensive side of the football following a disappointing free agency period. Davon House decided to sign with the Jacksonville Jaguars, while Tramon Williams ended up joining the Cleveland Browns. Demetri Goodson’s name has become very popular among the Green Bay media, and Tyler Dunne of...
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April 10, 2015  |  Discuss

Throwback Thursday: B.J. Raji and the Packers dash Chicago’s Super Bowl hopes

With B.J Raji coming back to the Green Bay Packers I’m more than excited than ever to see him back in action with the Green and Gold. For throwback Thursday why don’t we go back and take a look why Packers fans loved him so much… AROUND COVER32 Power Rankings: The most-annoying member of revery franchise rated from 1-32 NFL Draft: The top 10 middle linebackers on the board...
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April 02, 2015  |  Discuss

How much cap space do the Green Bay Packers have left for next season?

The Green Bay Packers have a core philosophy that they stick to: the only free agents they are ever really interested in are their own. (Apparently wide receiver Wes Welker is an exception to the rule.) After yesterday’s signings of B.J. Raji and Letroy Guion now is a good time to ask how much cap space they have left… AROUND COVER32 Power Rankings: The most-annoying member...
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March 31, 2015  |  Discuss

Cory’s Corner: B.J. Raji signing proves the Packers are committed

B.J. Raji’s fan club has probably taken a hit in membership the last few years. Let’s face it, he hasn’t shown much since 2012. And ironically enough, that was because he was playing his natural position of nose tackle. In 2013 he became an example of what Clay Matthews was this past year — showing the rest of the Packers what a team player truly is — by playing defensive...
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March 31, 2015  |  Discuss

With Raji and Guion re-signed, what’s next for Packers at NT?

The Green Bay Packers defense in 2014 took a significant step forward. The unit didn’t suddenly morph into the second coming of the 1985 Chicago Bears or today’s Seattle Seahawks, but it was no longer an obvious weak spot on an otherwise sensational team. Signing free agent Julius Peppers worked out great. So did bringing in Letroy Guion. Older players like Tramon Williams and...
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March 31, 2015  |  Discuss

Busy Monday for Ted Thompson, Letroy Guion and BJ Raji Returning to Packers

While many of us were busy watching March Madness or doing something more productive with our weekends, Green Bay Packers GM was reportedly doing work. First came the news about Guion this morning, courtesy of Rob Demovsky:   #Packers and Letroy Guion have reached an agreement on a 1-year deal, per a source. Expected to be signed by tomorrow. — Rob Demovsky (@RobDemovsky) March...
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March 30, 2015  |  Discuss

Packers Reportedly Offered DT B.J. Raji A One-Year, $2M Deal

According to ESPN’s Rob Demovsky, the Packers have offered free agent DT B.J. Raji a one-year contract worth $2 million. Demovsky adds that Green Bay is still interested in re-signing Raji, even after he sustained a season-ending biceps injury last year. Ian Rapoport of NFL Media previously reported that Raji would still like to return to Green Bay next year, ... The post...
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March 30, 2015  |  Discuss

Rumor Mill: The Green Bay Packers want to retain free agent B.J. Raji

The Green Bay Packers have already seen two cornerbacks leave via free agency this offseason. Word on the street is they don’t want to lose anybody else… AROUND COVER32 Five Things: The biggest losers in free agency NFL Draft: The 10 best defensive tackle prospects on the board According to a report by Tom Silverstein from the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, the team wants to retain...
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March 23, 2015  |  Discuss

B.J. Raji Deserves Another Prove-It Deal from Packers

B.J. Raji has struggled to find the effort and motivation that made him one of the best defensive tackles in the league in 2010. His efforts that year were a big reason that the Green Bay Packers had a top-five defense and emerged as Super Bowl champions.But since that Super Bowl victory, Raji’s production has been in constant decline. Despite less impressive seasons in 2011 and...
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March 21, 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...
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March 16, 2015  |  Discuss

B.J. Raji Would Like To Re-Sign With Packers, But A Return Is “No Sure Thing”

Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports that Packers free agent DT B.J. Raji would still like to return to Green Bay next year, but he plans to weigh offers from other teams. Rapoport adds that Raji re-signing with the Packers is “no sure thing now.” A recent report said that the Packers are expected to re-sign Raji and try to bring back NT Letroy ...
Via NFL Trade Rumors
March 10, 2015  |  Discuss
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