Packers LB Nick Perry: ‘I have a bright future’

Green Bay Packers former first-round pick Nick Perry made his 2014 practice debut Thursday after missing the entire offseason program because of lingering foot and knee injuries. The outside linebacker was asked about his career and where it might be headed. “I still think I have a bright future,” Perry said. Perry played in only six games his rookie year due to a wrist injury...
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14 hours ago  |  Discuss

Undrafted LB Thomas Raising Eyebrows at Packers Training Camp

Joe Thomas could be Green Bay’s perennial undrafted free agent stud in 2014 Green Bay Packer training camp is less than a week old and there have already been some stellar performances at the padded practices.  Defensive lineman B.J. Raji and Mike Daniels have shown well along with newcomer Julius Peppers, to name a few. It’s great to see the veterans performing well, as...
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18 hours ago  |  Discuss

The old B.J. Raji has shown up early in Packers training camp

Packers NT B.J. Raji has started strong in training camp. Early reports out of Packers training camp indicate that the old B.J. Raji is peeking out of whatever hole he’s been hibernating in since early last season. It sounds like Raji is giving J.C. Tretter — the Packers newly minted starting center — a rude awakening to the NFL. That’s concerning for the offense, but good...
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1 day ago  |  Discuss

Packers training camp report: July 30

  Date: Wednesday, July 30, 2014 Practice Time: 8:20 a.m. (Total: 2 hours, 36 minutes) Movin' On Up: NT B.J. Raji A permanent move back to nose tackle is apparently just what B.J. Raji needed to revitalize his career. This wasn't the first day in training camp that Raji has performed at a very high level, as he went 3-0 on Monday during one-on-one pass-rushing drills. In...
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1 day ago  |  Discuss

Green Bay’s New Look Front Seven

There was talk during the offseason about the Green Bay Packers going for a new body type along their defensive line, and that seems accurate right now. Gone are players like 340-pound Ryan Pickett and 325-pound Johnny Jolly. They have been replaced in the base defense so far in camp by Datone Jones and Mike Daniels, who weigh 285 pounds and 300 pounds respectively. B.J. Raji will...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

Five undrafted free agents to watch at Packers training camp

“Homegrown” talent. It’s a phrase that gets thrown around often in the world of sports in terms of how to build a sustainable contender. In the NBA, the San Antonio Spurs are the case in point of this philosophy with their nucleus of life-timers Tony Parker, Manu Ginobli and Tim Duncan. In MLB, the Oakland A’s are often cited as the prime example, thanks to general manager...
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5 days ago  |  Discuss

PACKERS FOOTBALL FRIDAY: 5 Guys that Have to be Good: BJ Raji

Last year when I was brought on to the team here at PackersTalk.com my very first series was titled “5 guys that Have to be Good”.  Those 5 guys were Terrell Manning, Greg Van Roten, Bryan Bulaga, Jeremy Ross and Datone Jones.  Hot.  Damn.  These players were released, released, IR’d, released and injured/ineffective respectively.  You can look at this two ways, one way...
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7 days ago  |  Discuss

Top-60 fantasy running backs for 2014 released- Green Bay Packers have two guys

With training camps getting underway this week, the NFL season is right around the corner. And that can only mean one thing: Fantasy football drafts are about to start happening. In order to get a jump on the competition, it’s never to early to start putting together a draft board. To help the cause, cover32 will be ranking each position, with updates from now until the start of...
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7 days ago  |  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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7 days ago  |  Discuss

Camp preview: Defensive Line

The Packers have the most ground to make up on the defensive side of the ball, that’s no secret. In a conference that boasts multiple stingy and hard hitting defenses (mostly from the NFC West), the Packers must improve in order to keep up with the best in the league. With Aaron Rodgers and all his offensive weapons, the one ingredient from being a Super Bowl caliber team starts...
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9 days ago  |  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...
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9 days ago  |  1 Comment

Does Size Really Matter?

The Packers struggled to stop the run during the second half of last season, and that was with Johnny Jolly (325 pounds), Ryan Pickett (340 pounds) and B.J. Raji (335 pounds) up front. So how will things improve without Jolly and Pickett? Fair question. Coordinator Dom Capers has to hope Raji plays a lot better […]
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14 days ago  |  Discuss

Packers looking at free agent safety Jim Leonhard?

If you are a Green Bay Packers fan, it probably wouldn’t take you very long to identify the position of greatest need on your favorite team entering the 2014 season: Safety. After all, the Packers were the only team in the NFL not to record a single interception from any safety on their roster, the first time that that has happened in Titletown since the pre-Vince Lombardi era...
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16 days ago  |  1 Comment

Packers, Brett Favre hold off return, afraid of booing

Green Bay Packers president Mark Murphy wants to retire Brett Favre’s No. 4, but it won’t happen this coming season. “I don’t anticipate having him retire a number this season, in a game this year,” Murphy said, via ESPN.com. “We have very good relations and very good communication, but I don’t anticipate that this year.” Murphy said Favre pulled out of a return...
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20 days ago  |  Discuss

Datone Jones: ‘I want to establish myself as the starter’

Green Bay Packers 2013 first round pick, Datone Jones, plans on attacking with his hands better and developing a second move as he works to become a starter on the defensive line. “Ultimately, I want to start — establish myself as the starter,” Jones said, per the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. “And after that, do whatever it takes to help the team win games. That’s all...
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26 days ago  |  1 Comment

Most Important Packers No. 16: B.J. Raji

  Green Bay Packers beat writer Paul Imig will be analyzing the 25 most important players to the Packers' success in the 2014 season. Check back each weekday to see the latest player on the list. You can find the entire series here. NOTE: This is not a list of the team's 25 best players, but rather it's a list of which players mean the most to how Green Bay will fare...
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June 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Datone Jones reevaluates game, will use more power

Green Bay Packers second-year pro Datone Jones said this week during OTAs that he plans to attack offensive lineman with power. “I came into the NFL trying to finesse offensive linemen,” Jones said, via ESPN.com. “And that’s not going to work.” Jones wants to be like defensive line mate Mike Daniels this season.  Daniels posted 6.5 sacks last year after posting only two...
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June 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Bounce Back Candidate: B.J. Raji

When the Packers re-signed B.J. Raji it was a bit of a head scratcher. He was coming off another disappointing season and many thought the Packers would be content letting him walk. The Packers have Raji under contract for one season and its sink or swim time for the former first round draft pick.Many thought that Raji was going to have a superb season in 2013. He was entering the...
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June 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Surviving Sunday: Packers News, Notes and Links for the Football Deprived

Surviving Sundays with no Packers footba If B.J. Raji and A.J. Hawk had a baby, he would fit in perfectly on the Packers defense. (Pause) Now that you’ve cleaned up the vomit and are fully recovered from the mental image of Hawk and Raji breeding, please continue reading: All signs are pointing to Hawk starting at linebacker for the Green Bay Packers for the 9th consecutive season...
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June 08, 2014  |  Discuss

PACKERS FOOTBALL FRIDAY: Defensive Line Summer Battle

Admittedly it’s arguable that this belongs higher on the list than number 5.  67% of last year’s starters on the defensive line are no longer on the team.  Two open starting spots in one position group could possibly push this higher on the list.  The reason that I don’t view it as highly is largely because of how often the Packers play their nickel defense (well over 50...
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June 06, 2014  |  Discuss

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...
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June 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Packers Get Mean Up Front

The future of BJ Raji in Green Bay is in serious doubt beyond the 2014 NFL season, and that is reflected with the Packers selection of Southern Miss defensive tackle, Khyri Thornton. Thornton is a player who gets off the snap quickly and wreaks havoc in the backfields of opponents. He also possesses overwhelming strength and has a motor that almost never stops. One...
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May 11, 2014  |  Discuss

My Top 25 Day Two Targets for the Green Bay Packers: 2014 NFL Draft

Austin Seferian-Jenkins Austin Seferian-Jenkins – Mackey Award Winner. The Red Zone BEAST the Packers need, plus 89% blocking grade in 2013, best of all TEs. Donte Moncrief – Consistent downfield threat the Packers receiving group lacks. Elevates (39.5″ vertical, 11′ broad jump). Not polished jet, but tremendous upside. Cody Latimer – Big, strong, fast, fearless. Caught...
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May 09, 2014  |  Discuss

The Packers Could Discover a Gem In OLB, Telvin Smith

Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports The Green Bay Packers have done a nice job of shoring up some of their needs this off-season, especially those in the front seven.  They did a really nice job making two impactful moves, in re-singing BJ Raji, to now play Nose Tackle and adding Julius Peppers to play outside linebacker, opposite Clay Matthews, to give the Packers the best OLB crew...
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April 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Green Bay Packers give Julius Peppers number 56

Julius Peppers will wear No. 56 with the Packers and is listed on the team’s official roster as a LB/DE. According to NFL rules, No. 56 may be worn by centers, linebackers and defensive linemen. Previously, Peppers wore No. 90 for the Carolina Panthers and Chicago Bears during his 12-year NFL career. Defensive lineman B.J. Raji […] The post Green Bay Packers give Julius Peppers...
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April 14, 2014  |  Discuss
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