Packers NT B.J. Raji says he’s ‘able to do everything’
By Tyler Dunne of the Journal Sentinel
~Green Bay — All signs have been pointing to a successful recovery from a torn bicep tendon for Packers nose tackle B.J. Raji, from weight-room theatrics to his overall mind-set as a free agent.
And back in Green Bay for organized team activities, he’s been a full participant. During Thursday’s open OTA session, he took part in individual drills and lined up with the first-team defense. Raji hasn’t been held back at all, saying he’s back at full strength.
“Yeah, I am,” Raji said. “I’m able to do everything.”
And quite possibly, Raji is the No. 1 key to Green Bay’s defense, a massive 337-pounder back at his preferred nose tackle position. Rehab was not easy in that he needed to get all muscles along his arm firing in unison.
“Obviously everybody knows I tore my bicep tendon,” Raji said, “but there were also little muscles and tendons that connect like my wrist and my hand and getting everything back on the same page, that was tough but I had to push through it.”
Raji wouldn’t get into details at his locker but said the Packers do have a plan in how they’ll utilize himself and Letroy Guion, the nose tackle who replaced him when he went down in late August. The team, he said, will “plan on displaying our abilities, no matter where we are.”
At this point, with the bicep, Raji can let go and play.
“I am there,” Raji said. “I did some things back home that allowed me to get that confidence going. I worked with my technique coach and we did some things on the field with punching bags. Working with some other NFL guys, my confidence got back quick. Here, it was just making sure my technique and my hands and feet and everything were good.
“I don’t want to pick up where I left off. I want to improve. I think I have a lot to offer and my group has a lot to offer. My first obligation is to make sure our young guys are coming in, ready to go. And I think as a unit, Coach Trgo and Coach Montgomery, when I came back and I signed, they put a lot of effort into our program and I think everybody’s bought in. So I’m excited.”
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