Candidates to Solve the Colts Run Stopping Woes
Nov 28, 2013; Detroit, MI, USA; Green Bay Packers defensive end B.J. Raji (90) against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports
Number Four: B.J. Raji, Free Agent
After tearing his right biceps in August of 2014, B.J. Raji missed the entirety of last season, but is now reportedly fully healthy. The 6’2″, 337 pound Raji has never lacked in talent as a former 1st round pick of the Green Bay Packers in 2009 as the 9th overall pick. However, after a bright start to his career, his play has diminished in recent seasons even before the injury, and there’s some serious questions of him having a consistent motor on a per snap basis.
Raji has experience as both a defensive end and nose tackle in a 3-4 defense playing with the Packers, and the big bodied defensive lineman would figure to add some much-needed size and talent to the Colts defensive line no matter where he’d line up.
However, Raji’s actual preference is to return to nose tackle, and right now, that’s where the Colts could figure to use the most help. He reportedly was in great shape and stood out as one of the Packers best players in training camp playing at nose tackle before his unfortunate injury last season.
Last season, he signed a 1-year, $4 million dollar “prove it” deal with the Packers, but never got to actually play. However, given his still relatively young age at 28 years old and still evident abundance of talent at his size, Raji projects to still have his fair share of suitors:
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