Friday, May 31, 2013
BBAO: B.J. Raji in 'pretty good shape'
By Kevin Seifert
We're Black and Blue All Over:
One of the more consistent questions I've received this spring concerns the condition of Green Bay Packers nose tackle B.J. Raji when he reported to offseason workouts. Bob McGinn of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel had reported in April that Raji was "overweight and out of shape" when he arrived.
Was he? To what extent? And why, considering he is entering a contract year?
Here's what Raji had to say about the subject, via Tyler Dunne of the Journal Sentinel: "I think I'm in pretty good shape. I'm not going to say I was in tip-top shape coming back, but that's what the offseason's for. So everybody came back, and I know those reports got out there. I can't worry about that. I only worry about three or four people and that's Ted [Thompson], [Mike] McCarthy, Dom [Capers] and [defensive line coach Mike Trgovac]. If anybody else has something to say, that's their business."
Indeed, everyone has a right to an opinion. Here's mine: There is more than enough time for Raji to get into football shape before the start of training camp. But if the idea is to have the best season of your career, as you would think most players want in a contract year, it would have been a good start to show up in April in the best shape you've ever been in for the start of an offseason program. Take that for what you will.
Continuing around the NFC North: