DL Pickett the strongman on Packers’ line

You guys know how the preseason goes. The first game, you go out there and get the cobwebs off. The second game, you get a little bit more reps, start getting comfortable, establishing a tempo. Third game, you start simulating a real game. And then its time to get it on, wide receiver James Jones said. It was good to get out there, finally see somebody different than our guys, (see) different coverages and stuff at full speed and have some fun. It would be more fun if Lacy can show what hes shown in practice. Centers of attention:Remember Scott Wells? The veteran center left Green Bay for a four-year, $24 million ($13 million guaranteed) deal in St. Louis, and while the initial returns werent positive Wells spent over half of last season on the designated-for-return portion of the Rams injured reserve list with a broken foot hes back and healthy. The Packers center situation, meanwhile, isnt quite as clear as it might have been a few days ago. With starter Evan Dietrich-Smith sitting out Thursdays practice with a toe injury, the teams lack of depth there is being exposed a bit.

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“Even when he’s tired, you put him in the game, he hustles to the ball, he does what you tell him to do. It’s naturally in his DNA.” Pickett’s workmanlike contributions and his longevity in the NFL are testaments to his generally good health and a determination to play every week. Pickett has missed only 14 games in his career. He started every game in 2012, the first time he played an entire season since 2008. “You play this game, you get nicks and bruises and stuff like that,” Pickett said. “(But) I didn’t even think about it that I played every game last year. That’s what I normally did throughout the years – I don’t miss too many games.” Raji, who has been a running mate of Pickett on the D-line since 2009, isn’t surprised by Pickett’s staying power. “Pick takes good care of his body,” Raji said. “He’s obviously a tough guy to play nose (tackle) for 13 years.

9. 1970s: 57-82-5 (.412) The crumbling of the 1960s dynasty began with a 6-8 record in head coach Phil Bengtson’s final season of 1970. The only two winning seasons in the decade were Dan Devine’s 10-4 NFC Central Division championship team of 1972 and Bart Starr’s 8-7-1 squad in the 1978 campaign in which the Packers tied the Minnesota Vikings for the division title, but did not make the playoffs. 8. 1980s: 65-84-3 (.438) This decade was only a slight improvement over the 1970s, as Green Bay turned to former star players to revitalize the franchise. In the last four seasons of his nine-year tenure as head coach, Bart Starr could muster only one winning season. That was the strike-shortened 1982 season (5-3-1) in which the Packers returned to the playoffs for the first time since 1972. Under Forrest Gregg, the team would not post a winning campaign from 1984-’87, but Lindy Infante’s 1989 team (10-6) gave Green Bay its second winning team of the decade. 7.

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Justin Wilson

Wilson’s favorite sport was basketball, but the numbers suggested the three-time All-State receiver should go another route. “We looked at the numbers, with his height,” Ron Wilson, Justin’s father, said of his 6-foot-1 son. “There were 1.5 players per NBA team 6-1 and under. We looked at the Indianapolis Colts , and they had 13 wide receivers 6-1 and under. There’s also a better chance of making the NFL. You have to go with the numbers.” Following high school, Wilson brought his talents to Delaware State University, which has a family tradition. “Justin’s older sister went there, his uncle teaches there, his mother and I met there,” Ron said. “It means a lot to us.” Wilson is second all-time at Delaware State in receptions (189) and fourth in receiving yards (2,416) and touchdowns (23). Wilson is also a two-time All- MEAC first team player and was the first player in MEAC history to lead the league in receptions, receiving yards and touchdowns in one season (2010). “People say I look like I’m playing basketball out there,” Wilson said.

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Seeing those attributes against live competition in the preseason is Lacy’s last hurdle, but the Packers have to be pleased with the way their second-round pick has looked through three weeks of camp. With Lacy running away with the starter’s job, here’s what the rest of the Packers running backs need to do to carve out specific roles within the offense: James Starks Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports If James Starks continues to be available (he missed Wednesday’s practice with an illness, not an injury, but returned Thursday), the fourth-year back should have a spot on the final 53-man roster. Health for Starks remains the key, as he’s missed 26 of a possible 48 games in his NFL career. In both the intrasquad scrimmage and preseason opener, the Packers gave an able-bodied Starks the first crack at touches. He was sharp during each appearance.And overall, Starks has been the better of the two veteran backs in camp. Without an injury occurring over the next 2-3 weeks, Starks should get his chance to see regular-season touches. He can’t afford to miss any time and re-open the door. DuJuan Harris Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports As recent as last week, McCarthytold Tom Pelissero of USA Today that the Packers still view Harris as the “starter.” That comment was likely more about McCarthy giving lip service to the strong finish Harris provided the Packers offense to close last season than anything tangible regarding the running back depth chart moving forward. But even if Lacy does continue on his current path and secure the lead-back duties, Harris could easily evolve into McCarthy’s go-to third-down back. Despite standing just 5’7″, Harris was strong in pass protection last season and has an ideal skill set for being a playmaker in obvious passing situations. He allowed no pressures while catching nine passes for 81 yards over Green Bay’s final three games, including the postseason. Johnathan Franklin Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports Johnathan Franklin certainly hasn’t been as impressive through three weeks of camp as Lacy, or even as many predicted he would be upon landing in Green Bay. It appears he’s still learning how to adapt to the Packers style of running the football, especially inside.


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