B.J. Raji

There were reports B.J. Raji showed up to the Green Bay Packers offseason program fat and out of shape. Raji pretty much admitted that was the case, but also says he wants to dominate in 2013.

First, the Packers nose tackle addressed the weight issue.

“I think I’m in pretty good shape,” he said. “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.”

Not really the attitude you’d expect from a guy entering his contract season. Most guys — especially the fat men — use that extra motivation to show up in the best shape of their lives. Then they go out and have a huge year, get a huge contract and never walk through the weight room door again. Remember Cletidus Hunt?

Of course you do.

Even though Raji isn’t in shape, he says he wants to “dominate the game.”

“I want to get back to the Pro Bowl,” said Raji on his individual goals. “I think that I have that ability. And I want to help other guys get to the Pro Bowl who haven’t been there. I want to obviously help us get back to being a top-five defense. And I just want to dominate the game, from Week 1 to whenever we’re done playing and just have an impact in every football game.”

So, at least he has the right mindset to get paid. At least if you throw out the fact that he’s been hitting the buffet line too often.

B.J. Raji
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