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State of the Packers: NTs

NT Ryan Pickett (Jeffrey Phelps/AP)

With Ryan Pickett manning the middle of the 3-4 defense, the Packers ranked No. 1 in the NFL against the run for the first time. Pickett was extremely productive in his limited role, leading the defensive linemen in tackles per snap by a wide margin.

Our State of the Packers series continues with the nose tackles. Roster Starters: Ryan Pickett. Veteran backups: B.J. Raji, Anthony Toribio. Rookies: Aleric Mullins (undrafted). The big picture The Packers led the NFL in run defense for the first time in the 90-year history of the franchise, and a ton of credit has to go to Pickett, who assimilated himself into the new 3-4 scheme with no...

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