Twelve years into his NFL career, Ryan Pickett isn’t satisfied.
Not yet. He wants more and it has shown in his play this season.
As Press-Gazette reporter Rob Demovsky wrote in his Sunday main story, Pickett has continued to thrive nearly two months after turning 33, an age when most players have to come to grips with their careers winding down,
Pickett has started all 11 games this season and is on track to play a full season for the first time since 2007 (although he hasn’t missed more than three regular-season games in a season since 2001). He leads all Packers defensive linemen with 48 tackles, including 14 solo stops. Last Sunday against the Giants, he played 52 of the 65 defensive snaps.
“I would say, overall, this is Pick’s best year since I’ve had him,” said defensive line coach Mike Trgovac, who came in with Capers in 2009. “We’ve probably got him playing more nose; he’s really good in there. We’ve made a conscious effort to try to keep him closer to the ball because the last couple of years, we kind of moved him out a little bit. The closer he gets to the ball, the better he is.”
You can read the rest of Demovsky’s story here: http://tinyurl.com/co8f4ak.
*In his Sunday column, Press-Gazette sports editor Mike Vandermause opines on the importance of NFC North Division games and Mike McCarthy’s sterling 30-9 mark against divisional opponents since taking over as Packers coach in 2006 (http://tinyurl.com/cq755y5).
*Press-Gazette reporter Pete Dougherty takes a look at three things to watch in today’s game between the Packers and Minnesota Vikings, including the absence of Percy Harvin, Greg Jennings’ return and Green Bay’s offensive line looking to bounce back (http://tinyurl.com/d9tvau3).
*The Press-Gazette writers are unanimous in their prediction for today’s outcome (http://tinyurl.com/csnz6cq).
*The Packers placed tight end Andrew Quarless and safety Sean Richardson on injured reserve Saturday, and promoted practice-squad running back DuJuan Harris and wide receiver Jeremy Ross.
Two months ago, Harris was working as a car salesman before getting the call from the Packers and signing to their practice squad on Oct. 24 (http://tinyurl.com/ce4ekfe).