1) Introduction: Now Ted Thompson’s lone “big name” free agent signing, Pickett perhaps hasn’t had the impact of Charles Woodson but certainly has justified his signing with very consistent play in one of the NFL’s most physically taxing positions. However 2013 was a turning point for Pickett; not only was it a contract year but also with shifting trends in the NFL looking for lighter and more explosive players, was a run-first gap-clogger still worth something in the league?
Ryan “Big Grease” Lamont Pickett
- Age: 34
- Born: 10/8/1979 in Zephyrhills, FL
- Height: 6’2″
- Weight: 338
- College: Ohio State
- Rookie Year: 2001
- NFL Experience: 13
3) Expectations coming into the season: Moderately high. Pickett was one of the steady defenders for the Packers last year and while his numbers or statistics didn’t pop off the screen, being mostly a nose tackle responsible for eating up double teams and standing your ground doesn’t usually garner much attention. The most indicative number for Pickett was probably the number of snaps he took last year, 658, which is astounding for such a big guy playing such a physically taxing position. Expecting Pickett to suddenly start picking up sacks or tackles for losses was unrealistic for an aging playing in a position of little “splash” plays but a successful and productive defensive line in part is due to Pickett’s unselfish play.
4) Player’s highlights/low-lights: Pickett’s highlight ironically might have been when the Packers were at their worst, namely the 10-40 drubbing the Packers experienced against the Lions Thanksgiving day; Pickett recorded a quarterback hurry (he only had 5 total in 2013), 1 tackle and 2 assists, and 1 run stop. Pickett’s lowlight was again ironically maybe when the Packers were at their best, during their last minute win against Chicago for a trip to the playoffs; Pickett played only 26 snaps, and was unusually poor in run defense.