Packers’ BJ Raji To Start at NT: What This Means for Their Defensive Line

May 21, 2010   ·     ·   Jump to comments

The Green Bay Packers announced today that 2009 top draft pick BJ Raji will be the starter at NT for the 2010 season.
This moves comes at a bit of a shock, considering the success the defense had last year, finishing second in overall defense and boasting the top rushing defense. However, instead of keeping as much of the line the same as possible, now Raji will replace Ryan Pickett at NT and Pickett shifts over to left DE. Cullen Jenkins will remain at RE.
The odd man out here is Johnny Jolly, who was a pleasant surprise last season, leading all defensive lineman in pass deflections. Jolly faces potential suspension by the league on drug charges, and his contract expires at the end of this season
So what does this mean for the defensive line and who makes the 53-man roster? This move leaves only Raji and undrafted free agent rookie Aleric Mullins from North Carolina. This move greatly increases Mullins' chances of making the team.
At defensive end, Jenkins and Pick...

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