Under-Appreciated Pickett making the best of moving to end : Packers Insider

Under-Appreciated Pickett making the best of moving to end

September 1, 2010 by  
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Sept 1, 2010 ~ by Brian E Murphy

~The big fella in the middle often went unappreciated and unnoticed by Packer Nation, in the trenches at nose tackle. He also went unappreciated by the national media, as often is the case with the Green Bay Packers.

He doesn’t throw temper tantrums or stomp on opponents faces like Albert Haynesworth does.

He doesn’t try to sneak guns onto a flight like Shaun Rogers.

He hasn’t gotten tested positive with banned substances as Pat and Kevin Williams of the Vikings.

All the 340-pound Ryan Pickett  does is plug the run, and be a great teammate. He is a fan favorite as he should be. He just doesn’t yell and shout and look for camera’s and pound his chest and say it’s about me, I’m the man. He just does his job, and does it quietly well.

Now Pickett has been moved to end to allow last year’s top pick, B.J. Raji, to move to NT in order to try and boost the Packers anemic pass rush along the interior. This despite the fact that Pickett was as good of a run-stuffing NT as there was in the NFL last year and the fact that Ryan is a perfect prototypical nose tackle.

He’d played at DT or NT since 1998. “I liked the nose,” said Pickett. “I got comfortable there. Who am I to question the coaches, you know?” said Pickett. “It was best for the team for me to play end. Obviously, B.J. is a good nose and I can play the end. To help, the team I will play end.”

“It took me awhile to accept it. I was disappointed for a little while,” said Pickett. “But after that, I started playing it and started liking it.” The drastic differences for Pickett are spacing and assignments, and both changes have forced the 31-year-old to study the game from his entirely new viewpoint.

"My thing is, I think I have an advantage over most tackles because they're normally taller guys, not as strong, more athletic. Used to blocking smaller D-ends. And I think I'm the biggest D-end in the NFL right now."

 “It’s a lot different. There’s a lot of space out there,” said Pickett. “The nose actually is immediate. You don’t have time to really think. On end you have time, you can mess up and recover. On nose you really can’t.

“At nose, you always have one thing to do. That’s it. The A gap. At end, you never know, it depends on what the call is, what gap you have, how to play the technique. So it’s a lot of that you have to get used.”

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