“I’ve been here so long I’d forgotten about (playing for) St. Louis, really,” Pickett said, according to FoxNews.com. “It’s just another game for me.”
The 33-year-old has been playing at a high level for the Packers for seven years. There is no question Green Bay has appreciated everything he has done for the organization because without his help the team would not be as successful. With that being said, the Packers need him to step up and dominate in 2013 if the team wants to reach the Super Bowl once again.
“I think Ryan has some more football left in him. I really do,” defensive line coach Mike Trgovac said, according to the Green Bay Press-Gazette. “I think he definitely has another good year left in him.”
Pickett has no choice but to exceed expectations this season because he is in a contract year. Considering he has every intention of continuing to play professional football after 2013 he better show Green Bay he is worth keeping around. Obviously, it is not in Ted Thompson’s nature to keep aging players, but he could make an exception for the right price, especially if Pickett shows the organization it would be a huge mistake to let him go.
Pickett recorded 51 total tackles and defended one pass last season. He has never been known as someone who gets after the quarterback, and that is not what the Packers look from him. He needs to be someone who takes up space and make the tackle when it comes his way. It is imperative that he control the offensive linemen so the pass rushers can do their job.
Hopefully, Pickett has one more solid season left in him so that he can win another ring with the Packers.