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Raji featured on Around the League Live

Nov. 6, 2013
 
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Packers defensive lineman B.J. Raji was featured in a segment of Around the League Live on the NFL Network on Tuesday. Here's the transcript and a link to the video. On his touchdown against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers: “Actually coach [Mike McCarthy] had that in plan this season. At the rate our offense has been scoring, we never had the opportunity to actually get the ball on the one- or two-yard line to try that play, but Sunday it worked out. I was obviously shocked because it was actually our first possession of the game so I wasn’t expecting that. But I appreciate coach giving me the opportunity.” On when he found out that play would be used: “We practice that every week. Every Friday I go with the offense and we run through some plays. I was just hoping that particular game we’d get a chance. But like I said before, our offense has been operating at a high pace and Sunday was the first time I had the opportunity.” On if he is a two-way player: “[Laughing] I wouldn’t say two-way player this early, but I’m just fortunate to get the opportunity. A lot of defensive and offensive linemen would love to do that, and I’m blessed to be able to do that.” On if he is amazed by the Packers’ offense: “Even when I got here in ’09, I was impressed with the speed that we had on our perimeter, how great a job our offensive line does and obviously Aaron [Rodgers] has been spectacular. This year they’re picking up where they left off last year and that’s a credit to those guys and how much they worked this offseason and how much they study.” On having success with players they drafted: “With any good organization, it starts at the top. You have to give credit to those guys – Mark Murphy and Ted Thompson, and obviously Mike McCarthy and his staff. They do a great job of preparation and game-planning. They just know exactly the things to do to win and us as players have been following along and trying to live up to their expectations.” On if he likes living in Green Bay: “When you’re winning games, it’s hard not to like it. It’s obviously a little different than what I’m used to but that’s the thing with life: it’s about adjusting and adapting to your environment.” On the Detroit Lions: “Matthew Stafford is a great quarterback and those guys have tremendous talent offensively. Our job is to play our game plan; I’m not going to actually unveil what that is, but every week we’re going to go into each game and execute our game plan. Hopefully this week we’ll have some success.” On already having the blueprint for facing Bears quarterback Caleb Hanie: “I wouldn’t say that just yet. Caleb is a good player; he actually came in and did some great things for them. Almost led them back to a victory, so we’re not overlooking him. But that’s a long ways away; we’re focused on Detroit this Thanksgiving.”

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