Packers.com is examining the Packers’ roster, position by position. In the fifth installment, we look at the defensive line.
GREEN BAY—A defensive line that got younger with the additions of
The Packers defensive line made more big plays and offered more of a pass rush in 2012, but it surrendered a lot of rushing yardage, especially in games against the Giants, 49ers and Vikings. In those six games alone, the Packers allowed 1,280 yards rushing.
Pickett, however, would be in his 13th season next fall and will turn 34 in October. Clearly, younger would be better for a Packers defensive line that has nose tackle
Worthy, a second-round pick in 2012, flashed quickness and athleticism in a season dedicated to conversion from the 4-3, penetration role he played in college, to the 3-4 Okie role he was asked to play for the Packers. He was still able to notch 2.5 sacks, before a knee injury late in the season ended his participation.
Daniels is an undersized, high-energy player whose rookie season was highlighted by a fumble recovery and subsequent 43-yard return for a touchdown, a play that triggered a late-season win over the Lions.
To help bolster the competition on the defensive line, the Packers signed
Seven defensive linemen on an offseason roster would seemingly invite additions.
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