B.J. Raji: Giants linemen “not the toughest” group he’s seen

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Discount Double Check moves aside, Packers defensive lineman B.J. Raji has had a disappointing third season.

His play has declined from a year ago, especially against the run. He sounds confident that will change Sunday against New York’s offensive line.

“Not to say they’re soft,” Raji said via Barbara Barker of Newsday. “But it’s not the toughest group I’ve been against.”

While the Giants line has struggled throughout the year, they are playing much better recently and did well against the Packers in early December. New York rushed for five yards-per-carry against Green Bay. Eli Manning mostly got good protection during the game. (He was hit three times and sacked once.)

The loss of Cullen Jenkins hurt Green Bay’s defensive line this year, but it would help a great deal if Raji played like a star again. His Pro Bowl selection was curious.

So were his comments Thursday. Raji gave credit to the Giants wideouts, but he took a shot at, um, Jake Ballard and Travis Beckum.

“I don’t think their tight ends are in a position to say too much.They’re not the best players at that position we’ve seen,” Raji said.

115 responses to “B.J. Raji: Giants linemen “not the toughest” group he’s seen

  1. Rodgers not to happy with B.J. popping off like an arrogant jerk in public…..”Hey, Raji, that’s my move!”….

  2. Pro players talking about upcoming opponents should make like politicians and never say what they really believe,

  3. Eli is a soft quaterback. He learned from his
    big brother to fold up like a sheet if it looks like
    he’s going to take a hit.

  4. coming from a packer fan b.j. shouldnt be the guy smack talking he has played awful all season either he is just getting dominated or he just gives up on plays easily

  5. You go B.J.!

    I’m thinking of knocking off early today and getting ready for the game. Warriors are prepared.

  6. Where are all the Packers fans who were screaming about three offhand comments by the Giants? They keep telling us “no words” were coming out of Green Bay and the Giants were “firing up” the Pack with their “disrespect”. Now they have gone suddenly silent. You guys are becoming more like Eagle fans everyday. Well, not that bad, because your team has actually won something, but your crying is coming close to Philly levels. For the record, as a Giants fan, I don’t think this changes anything about the game or will have any impact whatsoever. Whichever team plays mistake free still wins. Raji is entitled to his opinion and is free to express it.

  7. This isn’t exactly breaking news.

    But I’m sure the Giants o-line feels the same about Raji after his 1 tackle effort in the first game and the Giants 5.0 yard per rush average after struggling to run the entire season.

  8. Come on, BJ, do you really need to give the Giants bulletin board materials?

    On the other hand, if anyone can back up that talk it’s the Packers.

  9. Dude, come on B.J. wanted you as a Packer from your BC days, but why give them any motivation, let them do the talking, don’t open your mouth especially in a season which you havent done much..

  10. Raji needs to save his breath for the game. As a Packers fan I think the amount of yards this unit has given up this year, they have little room to talk.

    Shut up.

    Go Pack Go!

  11. Oh, now they will try to block him. Such a shame too, for if he said nothing, they probably would have just ignored Raji and let him do what he wants all game long……

  12. Haha Raji, why are you talking? You’re not that good..so I don’t get it. Haven’t even heard your name this year besides the discount double check commercial.

    No, I’m not a Giants fan. Nor am i a ‘hater’

  13. As a Skins fan, it’s really hard to debate what Raji said. Let’s not forget that we went into Giants Stadium with the division on the line in late December, we outright beat them, and this was without them using the excuse they used at the beginning of year of having a depleted defense. The Giants are not a mentally tough team, and if Raji and the GB D gets to them early, the game will be over.

  14. Christ, he needs to be quiet. Im a Packer fan and have been pretty dissapointed with Raji this year. He has not done jack, so he should cut the trash talking out. I hope TT realizes how much they miss Cullen, I have been saying it all year. Him being gone is the reason Clay and Raji are down this year in my opinion.

  15. Green Bays defense is giving up an average of 110 yards on the ground and 300 yards through the air per game. What the hell is this guy talking about, hes been getting pushed around the whole season. If his QB didnt throw 40+ TD’s he’d be singing a different tune and this is coming from a guy with a whooping 22 tackles and 3 sacks on the season. The Giants worst D-Lineman Linval Joseph had 49 Tackles and 2 sacks. Waaaaaaay to contribute to your team tough guy. Im going to laugh when the mighty Green Bay Packers get booted out of the playoffs this weekend.

  16. raji is already a has-been and will have no impact on the outcome of this game…..double-check that.

  17. thankheavenfornumberseven says:
    Jan 12, 2012 4:24 PM
    I can’t wait to watch this team go belly up, if not this week then next week.

    ________

    You wish you could watch your team go belly-up in the plyoffs, but they can’t even make it cuz their so terrible! How’s that stadium coming? HAHAHAHAHAHAHA.

  18. Only in America can a fat guy make money to remain obese and push up against other obese people while minimizing any athletic activity

    I wasn’t aware sumo also originated in America. The more you know!

  19. Hey BJ, until you can play football like you did the end of last season…..shut up! – Packer Nation

    Jenkins was a big loss and the Mike Neal experiment has produced nothing. I also wonder how much Pickett and Raji switching positions in plays into it.

  20. supremeomega says:
    Jan 12, 2012 4:16 PM
    Only in America can a fat guy make money to remain obese and push up against other obese people while minimizing any athletic activity…
    —–
    Youre right! Maybe one day the Japanese will invent something call Sumo Wrestling.

  21. The GB D stats are skewed. When you have large leads in most of your games, the other teams will always get garbage time yardage, which was the case for GB this year. Matthew’s will get his sacks, and Woodson will get his INT’s, and the Giant fans will go home as they always do after loses, and complain about the QB, Coach, Defense etc……

  22. majikbullet says:
    Jan 12, 2012 4:29 PM
    From A Packer Fan/Owner.

    BJ, please be quiet and play better!

    ******************************************
    get your fiscal year 2012 proxy voting package yet?…oh, wait…sorry, wrong owner

  23. B.J., B.J., B.J…. what the hell are you doing ?
    When you play on the statistically worst defense in the NFL, you keep your mouth shut.

    Signed: A Packer fan

  24. As a Skins fan, it’s really hard to debate what Raji said. Let’s not forget that we went into Giants Stadium with the division on the line in late December, we outright beat them, and this was without them using the excuse they used at the beginning of year of having a depleted defense. The Giants are not a mentally tough team, and if Raji and the GB D gets to them early, the game will be over.

    Hahaha. Once again a loser skins fan opens his mouth about something he doesn’t know. The division was on the line when the giants played the skins? Really? So if we won we won the division? Talk about a fan that is too used to losing. The giants knew facing the skins that regardless of outcome we needed to beat the Jets and Cowboys and if we did that then we would win the division. Our players weren’t looking at you skins the were looking PAST you son. Have fun rooting on a loser the next decade.

  25. Yeah, the Giants line is so bad they held Raji to one tackle….and thats it.
    Also if I remember right Beckum was good enough to light the pack up on a 67 yard TD and Ballard would have had another if the refs hadn’t already decided to let Green Bay win.

  26. Raji continued to lash out, stating that “buying Packers stock wasn’t the smartest investment he’d ever seen”.

  27. First of all, shut up BJ. Talkin’ smack isn’t the Packer way.

    BUT — Raji is the same guy he was last year. So is Clay Matthews. Cullen Jenkins made the entire line better. They’ve been rolling with some combo of Jarius Wynn, CJ Wilson, and Mike Neal for most of the year at Jenkins’ old spot. Big difference

  28. Hahaha. Once again a loser skins fan opens his mouth about something he doesn’t know. The division was on the line when the giants played the skins? Really? So if we won we won the division? Talk about a fan that is too used to losing. The giants knew facing the skins that regardless of outcome we needed to beat the Jets and Cowboys and if we did that then we would win the division. Our players weren’t looking at you skins the were looking PAST you son. Have fun rooting on a loser the next decade.

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    So I got the stadium wrong, big deal, and you can say that after the fact that you won this lousy division, but guarantee if you ended up losing to the cowgirls you would be singing a different tune. I’m just satisfied we beat your a** twice this year, and that is all this loser skins fan needed, and yes you will get your a** kicked this weekend, and yes this loser skins fan will enjoy every moment of it. HTTR!! See ya next year, and I have been rooting for this loser team for over 30 years and will continue to.

  29. Carl Gerbschmidt says:
    Jan 12, 2012 4:50 PM
    thankheavenfornumberseven says:
    Jan 12, 2012 4:24 PM
    I can’t wait to watch this team go belly up, if not this week then next week.

    ________

    You wish you could watch your team go belly-up in the plyoffs, but they can’t even make it cuz their so terrible! How’s that stadium coming? HAHAHAHAHAHAHA.
    _________

    Just fine, thanks. Three cities are competing for the team, and they’re all in Minnesota. And I came to grips with my team’s disappointing season weeks ago, whereas your soul-crushing defeat is coming soon.

  30. Gotta love the people making fun of his weight. I bet he’s at least 2x faster than you. Believe it or not, he went high in the draft because of his athleticism, and I doubt he’s about to slim down and lose one of his advantages.

  31. That little sachet dance that he does makes him look like he’s got a little sugar in him !

  32. cowboyhater says:Jan 12, 2012 4:41 PM

    As a Skins fan, it’s really hard to debate what Raji said. Let’s not forget that we went into Giants Stadium with the division on the line in late December, we outright beat them, and this was without them using the excuse they used at the beginning of year of having a depleted defense. The Giants are not a mentally tough team, and if Raji and the GB D gets to them early, the game will be over
    __________________________________
    you make me laugh.
    your team is the armpit of the nfc east and you have to come here, when your team is completely irrelevant, to talk nonsense?
    enjoy snyder!

  33. They’re not the best players at that position we’ve seen,” Raji said.

    ——————————————————–
    Neither are YOU, fat boy …..neither are you.

    It’s generally a good idea that if you’re going to say someone is not the best at their position, you probably should be thebest at YOURS.

  34. east96st says: Jan 12, 2012 4:26 PM

    Where are all the Packers fans who were screaming about three offhand comments by the Giants? They keep telling us “no words” were coming out of Green Bay and the Giants were “firing up” the Pack with their “disrespect”. Now they have gone suddenly silent. You guys are becoming more like Eagle fans everyday. Well, not that bad, because your team has actually won something, but your crying is coming close to Philly levels. For the record, as a Giants fan, I don’t think this changes anything about the game or will have any impact whatsoever. Whichever team plays mistake free still wins. Raji is entitled to his opinion and is free to express it.
    _______________
    I must have missed the part where Raji guarantees victory.

  35. you make me laugh.
    your team is the armpit of the nfc east and you have to come here, when your team is completely irrelevant, to talk nonsense?
    enjoy snyder!

    ——————————————————–

    I’m glad I can always make a Giant fan laugh. That’s what I’m here for. Please tip your waiter on the way (of the playoffs that is).

  36. coldlegend says:
    Jan 12, 2012 4:17 PM
    This guy is turrible

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    Sarcasm, or are you really that uninformed? I am not a Pack fan either.

  37. Regardless of what bj says or Pierre Paul says the game will be played on the field.

    The only guarantee is that if the Giants lose they will blame the officiating that’s for sure

  38. Why didn’t the fatso just do it right and guarantee a victory? Because you know how THAT usually works out.

  39. @djaehne –

    Yes – that’s a very intelligent comment – eli had just short of 5,000 yards passing ths year – has won a super bowl – and been a super bowl mvp (beating an undefeated team that was supposed to be “unbeatable”)……. what quarterback plays for your team?

  40. @cowboyhater –

    You are a real clown. Who do the skins play against in this weeks playoffs??
    Oh – I forgot – ‘skins haven’t been to the playoffs(never mind a super bowl) in a looooong time…….

  41. Packers better win this Sunday or there last two playoff losses at home will be to the G-Men……………….15 and 1 not a guarantee for SuperBowl anymore (see Vikings 1998)…………….

  42. Anyone who says what the giants said is worse is obviously a complete moron. The giants have said they are confident and that they are going to win, all the while saying the packers are the best (see antrel rolle’s interview) Raji clearly calls out specific individuals note giants

  43. Smart move giving the other team motivation. These players are so amazingly dumb they will never learn. Saying something like this doesnt scare the other team, it doesnt do anything but give them more motivation. For all the years I played through the semi-pro level never once did I talk like this. Stupid comments take your focus off the game, takes your time and energy and just flat adds to the other side’s motivation. Keep your mouth shut and do your talking on the field with your play, not your mouth.

  44. I think a person should be entitled to speak their mind, especially when they are egged on by the media. BJ Raji is nothing more than a good, honest person who tells it like he feels instead of hiding behind a diplomatic curtain. Players that put on the diplomatic act always saying stuff like this bunch is the best I have ever faced and god-willing we will be able to hang in there, make me want to throw up. BJ is a down to earth type of person who is who he is and the kind I would love to hang around with. I’m sick of the kiss asses who are hypocrites and two faced such as the moderators in this forum. Go ahead and ban my comment again. There are better sports forums out there besides yours.

  45. YIKES –
    BULLETIN BOARD MATERIAL!!!
    hope he has to backpeddle on that one BIG TIME! (or better yet – is FORCED to do so!)

  46. packerstexansfan says: Jan 12, 2012 7:07 PM

    Aww come on Raji! You’re better than that.

    —-

    Packerstexans fan? How convenient

    What was it last year? Packerssteelersfan?

  47. C’mon folks, what did he say that was so bad? He didn’t trash anyone, all he said was that the Giants line wasn’t the best the Pack has faced. He said nothing about being better or that the Giants sucked. Don’t make an issue of a non isxsue.

  48. thankheavenfornumberseven says:
    Jan 12, 2012 5:42 PM
    Carl Gerbschmidt says:
    Jan 12, 2012 4:50 PM
    thankheavenfornumberseven says:
    Jan 12, 2012 4:24 PM
    I can’t wait to watch this team go belly up, if not this week then next week.

    ________

    You wish you could watch your team go belly-up in the plyoffs, but they can’t even make it cuz their so terrible! How’s that stadium coming? HAHAHAHAHAHAHA.
    _________

    Just fine, thanks. Three cities are competing for the team, and they’re all in Minnesota. And I came to grips with my team’s disappointing season weeks ago, whereas your soul-crushing defeat is coming soon.

    ________

    Competing? From what I hear all they’ve done so far is draw pictures of stadiums. Get back to us when yo have a deal in place.

  49. I doubt we’ll hear any more from the Packer players before the game. Coach Mike McCarthy is definitely NOT in the mood for any crap this week and will get that cleaned up ASAP.

  50. bluefan204 says:
    Jan 12, 2012 7:47 PM

    packerstexansfan says: Jan 12, 2012 7:07 PM

    Aww come on Raji! You’re better than that.

    —-

    Packerstexans fan? How convenient

    What was it last year? Packerssteelersfan?

    Umm no. Been a Texans fan since the beginning. And a Packer fan even longer.

  51. Now that Raji has opened his mouth it’s time for him to make up for his mediocure play during the regular season.

  52. djstat says: Jan 12, 2012 4:24 PM

    Dear BJ,

    Your not exactly the best at your position either you fat pork rhine
    =================================

    “pork rhine” HEY MORON! That red line under the word means there is no such word.

  53. “But I’m sure the Giants o-line feels the same about Raji after his 1 tackle effort in the first game and the Giants 5.0 yard per rush average after struggling to run the entire season.

    Jacobs 59 yards and Bradshaw 38 yards rushing and nine yards receiving, really taking it to the Packers who were missing both of their starting middle linebackers.

  54. First of all, no one is going to listen to any trash talk from a guy named “BJ”! Second, if he was playing any good there may be some validity to it. Third, the Giants line will throw his fat ass around like a rag doll, win or lose. ‘Nuff said.

  55. Raji better be able to back it up. The Giants players better be able to back up thier smack talk too. It is a 2 way street. If anyone posting here thinks the players give a rats arse about talk, you are just trying to find something to grasp hold of. These guys are all professionals. They give it all they got every week. If you give 100%, it is all you can do. Isnt like someone saying “your O line is soft”, or “We are gonna win, I guarantee it” is going to make them play harder. Maximum effort is given, and that is all they have. Keep dreaming if you think somehow the Packers or Giants are going to rise up in some feat of magic to “show em”. It is a joke, and the mdian needs the fans to keep watching/reading all the garbage. There arent enough teams left in play to write about much else.

  56. Not much chance of this passing moderation, but…

    It’s nice that there is a link to a tweet rather than the source article where the comments can be read in some sort of context. The article itself has Raji heaping praise on Bradshaw and Jacobs.

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