1) Introduction: Free agency didn’t treat BJ Raji all that well, then again he was terrible during his contract year so what can you expect. So Raji came back on a 1 year deal “prove it” deal, but did he prove anything in the end?
Busari J Raji Jr.
- Age: 28
- Born: July 11, 1986 in New York, NY
- Height: 6’2″
- Weight: 337
- College: Boston College
- Rookie Year: 2009
- NFL Experience: 6
3) Expectations coming into the season: Try to get back to his 2010 form where he was one of the premier defensive linemen in the league or at the very least start as the Packers’ nose tackle and play the good soldier and hope for a long term contract. Unfortunately, Raji tore his bicep during a preseason game and was sent to IR without playing a snap in the regular season.
4) Player’s highlights/low-lights: Incomplete. As Raji was on IR with a torn bicep for the entire season, he has no highlights nor lowlights to speak of.
5) Player’s contribution to the overall team success: Again incomplete. While Raji didn’t help his cause by being on the sideline, the Packers might have made the situation worse for him by shifting away from big gap stuffers (Ryan Pickett, Johnny Jolly) and instead going for smaller and lighter defensive linemen (Mike Daniels, Letroy Guion). It would be interesting to see exactly what Raji’s role would have been if he had been healthy.
6) Player’s contributions in the playoffs: Finally incomplete. Raji’s run stuffing ability would have been an asset against the run heavy Cowboys and Seahawks, but alas not much you can do with a bad arm.
7) Intangibles: Well, we’ll always have the “Raji” dance right?
Season Report Card (Player Grades):
(INC) Level of expectations met during the season
(INC) Contributions to team’s overall success.
(INC) Contributions to team during the playoffs
Overall Grade: INC——————
Thomas Hobbes is a staff writer for Jersey Al’s AllGreenBayPackers.com.