by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com (8/9/14) With Eddie Lacy sidelined, Packers running back James Starks got the start and found the end zone during Saturday's preseason opener against the Titans at LP Field.
Starks broke a 20-yard touchdown run with 10:34 remaining in the first quarter. He had six carries for 49 yards and a touchdown, averaging 8.2 yards per attempt. Starks is expected to serve as Lacy's backup heading into the start of the season.
Packers re-sign James Starks for two years
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com (3/18/14) The Packers re-signed running back James Starks to a two-year deal, reports the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Starks had drawn interest from three other teams, but opted to stay in Green Bay as a complement to Eddie Lacy.
Starks averaged a career-high 5.5 yards per carry last season, gaining 493 yards. Terms of the deal were not immediately available.
Report: James Starks closing in on two-year deal with Green Bay
Starks rushed for 493 yards with three rushing touchdowns while averaging 5.5 yards per carry last season. He also had 10 receptions, including one for a touchdown. He'll wind up in a crowded backfield with Eddie Lacy, DuJuan Harris and Johnathan Franklin.
James Starks to visit Steelers
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com (3/16/14) Free agent running back James Starks will visit the Steelers on Monday, reports the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Starks averaged a career-high 5.5 yards per carry with the Packers last season.
In Pittsburgh, he'd back up second-year back Le'Veon Bell.
James Starks primed to bust out
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com (3/2/14) When it comes to running backs -- as Senior Fantasy Writer Dave Richard preaches – it’s all about touches. That's why it's exciting to think about James Starks in 2014.
The Packers would love him back, but they'll get outbid by needier teams. Potential landing spots include the Giants, Browns and Titans, assuming Chris Johnson is released. New York makes sense as Starks hails from Niagara Falls, played college ball at Buffalo and is familiar with new offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo from their time in Green Bay.
Even in a timeshare, Starks would draw far more than the 89 carries he had last year.
Starks averaged a career-high 5.5 yards per carry and ranked seventh with 0.46 Fantasy points per opportunity -- the number of points per carries and pass routes run, per Pro Football Focus. He forced 22 missed tackles on 99 touches, the fourth-best rate among RBs with fewer than 100 touches.
Starks turns 28 this month but has little tread on his tires. He showed a burst last season that reminded us of the back who ran for 415 yards in Green Bay's four-game run to the Super Bowl title.
“James Starks is definitely someone I look at as a starter and the ability to run as many times in a football game as needed,” coach Mike McCarthy said after Starks totaled 168 yards from scrimmage Week 2 vs. Washington.
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James Starks re-signed with the Packers this spring, making him the most likely candidate to back up Eddie Lacy this fall. Of course, he'll have to fend off the likes of DuJuan Harris and Jonathan Franklin for that right. Starks only has real value as a handcuff to Lacy – if something happens to the second-year bruiser then Starks would catapult into Top 20 range at the running back position. But until then, he can be safely taken with a late-round pick.