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Ryan Pickett | Defensive Lineman

Team: Houston Texans
Age / DOB:  (35) / 10/8/1979
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 340
College: Ohio State
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Drew Dougherty of the Texans' official website believes the team will be interested in re-signing free agent NT Ryan Pickett.
Pickett started 13 games for the Texans this past season, playing 290 snaps. The 35-year-old received poor marks across the board from Pro Football Focus, but he was a steadying veteran presence up front. Pickett isn't going to command more than the minimum. The Texans will hope second-year NT Louis Nix can seize the nose tackle job after missing his rookie year with a wrist issue. Feb 16 - 8:04 PM

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Texans signed NT Ryan Pickett.

With third-round NT Louis Nix (wrist) head to I.R., Pickett is being brought aboard as depth. The soon-to-be 35-year-old started all 16 games for the Packers last season. He's a two-down run plugger and will back up Jerrell Powe.
Wed, Sep 24, 2014 11:56:00 AM

Free agent DT Ryan Pickett worked out for the Texans on Tuesday.

Two weeks shy of his 35th birthday, Pickett started all 16 games for the Packers last season. He'd be reserve heft for the Texans' J.J. Watt-anchored defensive line.
Tue, Sep 23, 2014 07:00:00 PM

34-year-old free agent DT Ryan Pickett wants to play this season.

Pickett insists there's a "100 percent" chance he signs somewhere this season, but declined to reveal which (if any) teams he's been talking to. His No. 1 choice is the Packers, where he's been a starter for the last eight seasons. But they appear to have moved on with B.J. Raji, Khyri Thornton, Josh Boyd and Letroy Guion all capable of playing nose tackle.
Thu, Jul 3, 2014 08:06:00 AM

The Packers haven't ruled out bringing back free agent NT Ryan Pickett.

Pickett hasn't received any known interest in free agency and could be open to a veteran-minimum deal after the draft. The Packers re-signed B.J. Raji and added Letroy Guion this offseason, so Pickett would be returning in a limited role.
Source: ESPN.com
Sat, Apr 26, 2014 07:14:00 PM

The Packers remain open to re-signing free agent NT Ryan Pickett.

The Pack also reached out to Pickett on the eve of free agency. The 34-year-old has yet to make a visit after playing 546 snaps last season. A 13-year veteran, Pickett has been with the Packers since 2006.
Source: ESPN.com
Thu, Mar 27, 2014 09:34:00 PM

The Packers have expressed interest in re-signing free agent NT Ryan Pickett.

Per reporter Rob Demovsky, the Packers have reached out to Pickett and will continue to talk leading up to free agency. He started all 16 games at nose tackle this past season, but registered just 19 tackles on 546 defensive snaps. Pickett is a limited two-down run plugger and may have to settle for a one-year deal.
Sat, Mar 8, 2014 02:37:00 PM

The Packers aren't expected to re-sign free agent NT Ryan Pickett.

Pickett is 34 and doesn't profile as the type of player the Packers typically invest money in. Green Bay wants to clear some room on the defensive line in order to get younger, faster, more athletic players like Datone Jones more snaps. Pickett is merely a run plugger and will likely have to settle for a one-year deal.
Fri, Feb 21, 2014 11:05:00 AM

Packers NT Ryan Pickett says the team hasn't talked with him about the possibility of re-signing.

"No, nobody has said anything," said Pickett. "I've got two more games to show 'em." Pickett has started all 14 games this season but has registered just 16 tackles on 440 defensive snaps. That's quite the drop-off from 2012 when he racked up 51 tackles on similar playing time. Pickett is 34 years old. He wants to re-sign with the Packers, but the team tends to shy away from older players.
Sat, Dec 21, 2013 10:27:00 AM

Packers DL coach Mike Trgovac expects the team to retain LE Ryan Pickett for the 2013 season.

Pickett, 33, brings essentially nothing to the table as a pass rusher, but he is a run-stuffing power pig at left end and nose tackle. "I think Ryan has some more football left in him. I really do," Trgovac said. "I think he definitely has another good year left in him." Pickett is owed $6.1 million in 2013.
Fri, Jan 18, 2013 12:37:00 PM

Packers RE Ryan Pickett left Sunday's Week 4 game versus the Saints with a shoulder injury.

The severity of the injury is unclear. Pickett is questionable to return. Rookie Jerel Worthy will likely be a full-time player with Pickett sidelined.
Sun, Sep 30, 2012 06:49:00 PM

Packers RE Ryan Pickett was pulled from Sunday's Week 14 game late in the third quarter with a head injury.

With Aaron Rodgers already out of the game in a 46-7 blowout, Pickett won't be back. Coach Mike McCarthy confirmed in the post-game presser that Pickett sustained a concussion. He'll have to pass a battery of tests to play in Week 15.
Sun, Dec 11, 2011 06:59:00 PM

Packers DE Ryan Pickett (foot sprain) says he expects to play in Sunday's game against the Bears.

Pickett left last week's win over the Panthers in the second half and did not return. "My foot just started hurting," he said. "I didn't know what it was. I don't think it's anything serious." Pickett's presence will plug up the middle for Matt Forte.
Tue, Sep 20, 2011 11:20:00 AM

Packers DE Ryan Pickett suffered a foot sprain in the second half of Sunday's win over the Panthers and didn't return.

The Packers offered no details on Pickett's injury following the game. Veteran Howard Green will have to step up if Pickett misses time.
Mon, Sep 19, 2011 12:01:00 PM

Packers LE Ryan Pickett (ankle) returned to full participation in practice Thursday.

The Packers' defensive line is finally getting healthy. Pickett will be good to go this weekend and Cullen Jenkins will be able to play without a cast on his broken left hand for the first time since Week 1.
Thu, Nov 18, 2010 12:31:00 PM

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