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August 16, 2013

DL Pickett the strongman on Packers' line

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With no more than 1½ sacks in any of the previous seven seasons with the Packers and none the last two years, Pickett has left the splash plays on defense to the likes of linebacker Clay Matthews and Raji. But Pickett has been productive in his own right by splitting double teams in the trenches and wrapping up the ball carrier.

Defensive coordinator Dom Capers singled out Pickett's efforts in a run-oriented drill at practice Wednesday.

"He was in the backfield two or three times and being disruptive, which is what 'Pick' can do," Capers said.

Pickett led Green Bay's defensive linemen last season with 75 tackles, his highest total since Capers was hired to run the defense in 2009 and implemented a 3-4 scheme.

"Since I've been here, I thought that was his best year," said Trgovac, who also joined the Green Bay staff in 2009. "Even when he's tired, you put him in the game, he hustles to the ball, he does what you tell him to do. It's naturally in his DNA."

Pickett's workmanlike contributions and his longevity in the NFL are testaments to his generally good health and a determination to play every week. Pickett has missed only 14 games in his career. He started every game in 2012, the first time he played an entire season since 2008.

"You play this game, you get nicks and bruises and stuff like that," Pickett said. "(But) I didn't even think about it that I played every game last year. That's what I normally did throughout the years — I don't miss too many games."

Raji, who has been a running mate of Pickett on the D-line since 2009, isn't surprised by Pickett's staying power.

"Pick takes good care of his body," Raji said. "He's obviously a tough guy to play nose (tackle) for 13 years. You have to be tough mentally and tough physically."

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