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August 16, 2013

DL Pickett the strongman on Packers' line

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — The departures of receiver Donald Driver and defensive back Charles Woodson in the offseason gave Ryan Pickett a new title with the Green Bay Packers.

While B.J. Raji gets the headlines when it comes to the Packers' defensive line, alongside him is the durable Pickett, who goes into his 13th NFL season as the oldest player on the roster at the age of 33.

With the Packers playing their second preseason game at St. Louis on Saturday night, Pickett returns to where his lengthy career started when he was one of the Rams' first-round draft picks in 2001. Pickett isn't getting sentimental about playing his former team in the Edward Jones Dome, something he's done a few times since leaving St. Louis and signing as a free agent with the Packers in 2006.

"I've been here so long I'd forgotten about (playing for) St. Louis, really," Pickett said Thursday. "It's just another game for me."

Having played more than 200 games as a pro — from preseason to the regular season to the playoffs — Pickett is looking forward to many more. He wants to keep playing past this season after his four-year contract with the Packers runs out.

"This won't be my last year playing," Pickett said.

And Pickett isn't ready to leave Green Bay, where he's been a run-stuffing mainstay in the starting lineup and has a home with his wife and their six young children.

"I'd love to stay here, absolutely," Pickett said.

The Green Bay coaches are happy to have Pickett back for another season as a dependable anchor on the defensive line.

"Ryan's a rock, and Ryan knows his role on this defense and he takes great pride in it," defensive line coach Mike Trgovac said.

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