GREEN BAY – B.J. Raji would like nothing more than to reprise his role as “The Freezer.” And with the Green Bay Packers carrying only one fullback on their 53-man roster, maybe it will be an option in the season opener Thursday night against the New Orleans Saints.
“Why don't you go in there and ask him?” offensive coordinator Joe Philbin said Monday during an interview outside the Packers’ locker room. “I'm sure he'd love to do that. It sounds good to me."
The 6-foot-2, 337-pound defensive tackle debuted as a fullback on a goal-line play against the Atlanta Falcons in the NFC Divisional Playoffs, leading the way on a John Kuhn touchdown plunge. Kuhn, the team’s only fullback, scored despite the fact that Raji didn’t really block anyone on the play, drawing some good-natured ribbing from his teammates later.
”It was my first game at fullback,” Raji said Monday. “I don’t know that they expected much.”
Raji isn’t expecting much offensive playing time this season, either. While there is a personnel group named for having him at fullback – “I think it’s called Elephant, or something like that,” Raji said – he isn’t actively lobbying coach Mike McCarthy to let him do more of his William “The Refrigerator” Perry imitation.
“I think they have an idea (about how he feels). I had fun with it last year. So I don’t know why anything would change,” Raji said. “If they want to give me the chance, I’m definitely hoping for the opportunity. I think the more you do something, the better you get at it. We’ll see what happens.
“To be completely honest, I haven’t had one conversation with coach McCarthy about it. Hey, I’m here. I’m a defensive guy. If my number’s called (on offense), it’s called.”
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