I have my doubts that the Green Bay Packers aren’t going to be contenders again in 2013, however, if they don’t get more production from B.J Raji the NFC North could pass up the Packers this season.
It’s incredible to think that Green Bay was still in the top five in sacks even though they were decimated with injury across the defensive side of the football. Raji wasn’t the only Packer to miss time last year as Clay Matthews, the captain of the defense, missed four crucial games. Not to mention, the team was without last years first round pick Nick Perry for 10 games as he was unable to get off on the right foot in his first NFL season as a defensive end.
Raji is no spring chicken and is entering the final season of his rookie contract–expect the Packers to give an extension to one of the league’s best nose tackles, despite his sub par season in 2012.
The biggest worry I have is that Raji could be losing his ability to get to the quarterback considering he didn’t have a single sack in 2013 after piling up 10.5 in his first three seasons. Raji’s biggest attribute is his uncanny athleticism at 6-foot-2 and 334 pounds. Manning a Packers defensive line that was extremely young last season, it’s important for Dom Capers and Green Bay to have someone anchoring the line with some experience.
Nose Tackle isn’t the most popular position, but the Raji has done his best cleaning up the image by appearing in State Farm Insurance commercials causing his fans telling him to “show me what ya got, what ya got, Raji.” All jokes aside, I want to see Raji get an extension this offseason and come out in 2013 ready to make his claim as the best nose tackle in the sport.