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Pickett/KGB Back

Discussion in 'Packer Fan Forum' started by PackOne, Sep 2, 2008.

  1. PackOne

    PackOne Cheesehead

    Apr 23, 2006
    Thttp://www.greenbaypressgazette.com/ap ... 01040/1058

    he Green Bay Packers face perhaps the NFL’s best rushing offense in the Sept. 8 season opener against the Minnesota Vikings, and it looks like they might finally have their top run stopper back.

    Defensive tackle Ryan Pickett got onto the practice field on Monday afternoon for the first time after missing all of training camp and the preseason with a hamstring injury. Though the Packers don’t have to issue an official practice or injury report until Thursday, coach Mike McCarthy confirmed that Pickett “worked today.”

    The Packers put Pickett through a multitude of tests over the weekend and finally cleared him to return for Monday’s practice.

    Pickett wasn’t sure how many snaps he would play in the opener against the Vikings but considering how thin the Packers are at defensive tackle – and that the Vikings last season led the league in rushing yards and rushing average thanks in large part to running back Adrian Peterson – Pickett could get his usual workload despite missing the entire preseason.

    General Manager Ted Thompson kept only three true defensive tackles – Pickett, Johnny Jolly and Colin Cole – on the 53-man roster. Last season, they opened with six, although only four were activated for the first game.

    “We’re going to have a three-man rotation instead of six,” Pickett said. “I think it’s going to be great, and maybe I’ll get more plays this year than I had last year. My first year (in Green Bay in 2006) I had so many and then it almost got cut in half last year. I’m looking forward to having more plays.”

    Though Pickett was sweating at his locker following his post-practice shower, he said he never felt winded during practice.

    “I actually felt lighter on my feet if you can believe that,” he said.

    Pickett wouldn’t disclose his weight, although he acknowledged that he’s heavier than 330, which was his listed weight on the roster.

    “Just a little bit, but not too much,” Pickett said. “I’m right on point. I’m actually probably lighter than I was at this point last year.”

    KGB returns, too
    Pickett wasn’t the only defensive lineman to return to practice on Monday.

    Defensive end Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila returned a week after he experienced a setback with his surgically repaired knee.

    “I did a little something out there today,” he said after practice, “and it felt good.”

    Asked whether it felt different than last Monday, when he returned only to drop out a day later due to recurring soreness, he said: “It felt good, so that’s very encouraging.”

    More injuries
    Center Scott Wells also returned to practice on Monday after missing the last two preseason games with a lower back injury.

    Others who appeared to be limited or out of practice were: safeties Atari Bigby (ankle) and Charlie Peprah (hamstring), linebackers A.J. Hawk (chest) and Tracy White (ankle), receiver James Jones (knee), guard Josh Sitton (knee), left tackle Chad Clifton (rest) and defensive end Jeremy Thompson (groin).

    It’s unlikely any of those players will return for Tuesday’s practice but some could come back after Wednesday’s off day.

    “I wanted to make sure I split the workload up and did all the heavy lifting early in the week but give the guys that are nicked time to get ready,” McCarthy said. “And we’ll get their work at the end of the week.”

    Hodge is gone
    To make room on the 53-man roster for new long snapper Brett Goode, the Packers cut linebacker Abdul Hodge, a third-round pick from the 2006 draft.

    Hodge had a good training camp after patellar-tendon surgeries sidelined him all last season.

    At the initial cuts to 53 players on Saturday, General Manager Ted Thompson kept Hodge as a seventh linebacker, which is one more than usual. But Thompson decided to cut Hodge instead of, among others, linebacker Tracy White, rookie tackle Breno Giacomini, safety Charlie Peprah and cornerback-safety Jarrett Bush.

    Thompson said the Packers tried to trade Hodge over the weekend before cutting him Monday morning to make room for Goode.

    Depth chart
    Here are some notables from the team’s unofficial depth chart, which the Packers released Monday:

    Will Blackmon was listed as the punt returner ahead of Jordy Nelson and Tramon Williams. Blackmon and Nelson were listed as the top two kickoff returners ahead of Williams, Pat Lee and Kregg Lumpkin.

    Blackmon was listed as the backup cornerback behind Charles Woodson, while Williams was behind Al Harris. That means Blackmon moved ahead of Jarrett Bush as the No. 4 cornerback.

    The interior of the offensive line was Daryn Colledge at left guard, Wells at center and Jason Spitz at right guard.
  2. Packnic

    Packnic Cheesehead

    Mar 28, 2006
    I personally think that both Pickett and KGB (maybe to a lesser extent) are good to go. Its not exactly a hard system to learn or get into, so resting two of your most important Defensive players is just being smart.
  3. Pugger

    Pugger Cheesehead

    Aug 25, 2008
    I'm glad to see those two fellas back at practice. :clap: Now we gotta get Hawk healthy....
  4. Sangill

    Sangill Cheesehead

    Oct 26, 2007
    Great to have Grease back... I have no doubt that KGB will play, but I don't think he's completely over his injury yet.
  5. CaliforniaCheez

    CaliforniaCheez Cheesehead

    Apr 13, 2005
    Bolston and Malone played a lot in preseason but they won't be playing anymore.

    Jemkins is very capable at DT especially on passing downs. In fact I think Kampmann moves inside on passing downs also and KGB and Mongomery are the DE's.

    They all have to be healthy until mid season when/if Harrell gets his act together and hopefully is added to the rotation.

    Hopefully all goes well and they all the DT's make it to the playoffs.

    Pickett's last year under contract is 2009. Montgomery and Cole are in their final season. The Packers will likely draft two DT's next season.
  6. PackAttackUK

    PackAttackUK Cheesehead

    Sep 2, 2008
    This is good news :)

    Hopefully AJ will get healthy soon to mean up our D

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