David Bakhtiari views his rookie season with the Green Bay Packers through a different prism than most onlookers. Sure, the 6-foot-4, 300-pound tackle agrees with the consensus that he performed admirably in protecting the blindside of Aaron Rodgers and the rest of the Packers' carousel of quarterbacks after Bryan Bulaga's season-ending knee injury. However, Bakhtiari offers one caveat for context — he was a rookie and played well for a rookie. In 2014, it's about playing well as a football player and surpassing increased expectations. "I'm very critical of myself because my thought is the day I become complacent and think you're there, is the day I'll get fired and I'll be out of a job," Bakhtiari said. "You can give it everything you've got, but there's always more in the tank. For me to say it was fantastic and it was the best year, no. I think I could have even done better, just as a rookie. Overall, it was a good year for a rookie."
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