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Notebook: Raji Working Both Nose, End Positions

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    For B.J. Raji, playing in a 3-4 defense for the first time may not be as big a culture shock as it is for the big-city kid to be adjusting to small-town Green Bay.

    But in the first two days of rookie orientation at the Don Hutson Center, Raji -- who grew up in Bergen County, N.J., near New York City -- is getting a feel for just how different it will be in a 3-4 compared to the 4-3 defense he played at Boston College.

    He described how as a defensive tackle in a 4-3 his first step was always up the field to penetrate, while as a nose tackle in a 3-4, his first step is usually laterally while reading the offensive line and reacting to what it's doing.

    In the first two workouts, Raji took snaps at both the nose and end positions on the defensive line, which the coaching staff had indicated he would.

    "The biggest adjustment is definitely nose, because centers at this level are very athletic to get around," he said. "Being (required) to mirror a center,..

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