1) Introduction: Ryan Pickett was another Packers defensive linemen who was a non-factor as a pass rusher this season. To be fair, however, Pickett isn’t on the team to run around and chase after quarterbacks.
Ryan Lamont Pickett
Weight: 340 lbs.
3) Expectations coming into the season: Run stuffer. When Pickett wasn’t on the field, the Packers run defense suffered noticably. When healthy, Pickett usually did what he was supposed to do: Plug holes, absorb double teams and make plays as a run stopper.
4) Player’s highlights/low-lights: Pickett’s highlights usually aren’t a thing of beauty unless you consider two large men failing miserably to block another large man a thing of beauty. I also enjoy Pickett’s celebration whenever he makes a play in the backfield. Big guys celebrating are always cool. Pickett’s health problems were his main lowlight. The defense went from bad to worse when he wasn’t playing.
5) Player’s contribution to the overall team success: Pickett is one of the better 3-4 defensive lineman in the NFL at taking on and absorbing double teams that allow linebackers to roam free and make plays. He also had 4.5 tackles for loss, his career-best with the Packers.
6) Player’s contributions in the playoffs: Having Pickett healthy allowed the Packers to leave Howard Green inactive and get more of a pass rush. Unfortunately, that idea worked in theory only as the Packers rarely pressured Eli Manning. Pickett does deserve plenty of credit for limiting the Giants ground game, though.
Season Report Card:
(B) Level of expectations met during the season
(B) Contributions to team’s overall success.
(B) Contributions to team during the playoffs
Overall Grade: B——————