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August 16, 2013

DL Pickett the strongman on Packers' line

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For the 6-foot-2, 338-pound Pickett, managing his weight has helped him play at a high level. And being the oldest Packer in the locker room is a distinction Pickett embraces.

"I get all of the 'old' jokes now," a smiling Pickett said. "I catch them pretty much every day. But it doesn't bother me. I love it. I tell 'em (his teammates) I've been around long enough to have these old jokes cracked at me, so I'm doing something right."

Also Thursday, coach Mike McCarthy defended Aaron Rodgers after Driver made critical remarks about the quarterback during an ESPN radio interview.

Driver, who retired in February as the Packers' all-time leading receiver, was asked whether Rodgers is a "me" guy following similar comments by ex-Packers receiver Greg Jennings, now with Minnesota.

"We've always been in the room and we've always said that the quarterback is the one who needs to take the pressure off of everyone else," Driver said. "If a guy runs the wrong route, it's easy for the quarterback to say, 'Hey, I told him to run that route,' than the guy to say, 'Hey, I ran the wrong route.' Sometimes you ask Aaron to take the pressure off those guys so we don't look bad. He didn't want to do that. He felt like if you did something bad, you do it. That's the difference. You want that leadership. I think sometimes you may not feel like you got it."

McCarthy said he was aware of Driver's interview and some of the comments that were made.

"Frankly, I think Aaron manages his job responsibility very well," McCarthy said. "I'm very fond of Donald. I know he's going through a tough period right now with his loss (his father's death), and my thoughts and prayers are out to him and his family. But I don't know what to really say about the comments."

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