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Packers' James Starks: Opportunites are few in Week 3

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(9/26/2016) Starks had one carry for minus-1 yard and one reception for nine yards in Sunday's victory over the Lions.

Starks' opportunities were minimal Sunday with fellow running back Eddie Lacy running the ball effectively (6.1 YPC on 17 attempts). Lacy has averaged 5.0 yards per carry on his 43 attempts this season while Starks has averaged just 0.8 yards on his 12 carries, so look for Lacy to continue seeing the bulk of the work in the Packers' backfield coming out of the team's Week 4 bye.

Packers' James Starks: Ineffective in Week 2 loss

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(9/19/2016) Starks carried seven times for three yards and secured his only target for 16 yards in the Packers' 17-14 loss to the Vikings on Sunday.

Similar to the rest of the Packers' offense, Starks was completely bottled up on Sunday, posting an abysmal 0.4 YPC. However, that number is especially worrisome when considering his teammate Eddie Lacy managed an average of 4.2. On the bright side, Starks will have an opportune chance to rebound Week 3 against a Lions' defense that was whittled to just two healthy linebackers Week 2.

Packers' James Starks: Quiet in season opener

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(9/12/2016) Starks had four carries for seven yards and one reception for six yards in Sunday's victory over the Jaguars.

Starks totaled a career-high 191 touches last season as fellow running back Eddie Lacy struggled to produce and stay on the field, but he played only a bit role in Week 1 with Lacy handling most of the work in the Packers' backfield: Lacy tallied 36 snaps and 15 touches to Starks' 18 and five, respectively. Expect those trends to continue unless the issues that plagued Lacy last season start to surface again.

Packers' James Starks: Not playing on Thursday

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(9/1/2016) Starks will not play in Green Bay's preseason finale against the Chiefs on Thursday.

Starks has seen time in each of the team's first three preseason tilts but is being rested now to keep him fresh and healthy for the regular season. His and Eddie Lacy's (rest) absences will allow for Brandon Burks and Brandon Ross to see extensive time in the backfield for Green Bay.

Packers' James Starks: Tallies seven carries in third preseason game

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(8/30/2016) Starks ran the ball seven times for 22 yards and caught one pass for two yards in Friday's preseason game against the 49ers.

Starks has averaged just 3.4 yards per carry this preseason, but he is not being pushed for the backup job behind Eddie Lacy, and will presumably head into the regular season in that role with only the final exhibition game to go.

Packers' James Starks: Runs six times in Thursday's preseason game

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(8/19/2016) Starks had six carries for 26 yards in Thursday's preseason game against the Raiders.

Starks did most of his damage on a 24-yard jaunt, but was otherwise bottled up by the Raiders' defense. However, he emerged from Thursday's contest unscathed and did nothing to affect his standing as the top backup behind starting running back Eddie Lacy.

Packers' James Starks: Plays small role in preseason opener

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(8/13/2016) Starks turned five carries into 13 yards, but wasn't targeted in the passing game during Friday's preseason opener against the Browns.

Starks got one more touch than presumed starter Eddie Lacy, but his fairly defined role eliminates the need for the backup running back to see much early preseason action. Second-year man John Crockett was able to find the end zone in this one, but Starks still has a leg up on him after rushing for over 600 yards in 2015.

Packers' James Starks: Capped reps in HOF game

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(8/6/2016) Starks will "probably be limited to spot play" during Sunday's Hall of Fame game against the Colts, Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.

Starks' veteran status is likely the impetus for the incoming decision by head coach Mike McCarthy, but the running back is less than a week removed from missing practice for an unknown reason. With Eddie Lacy (ankle) questionable to suit up Sunday, second-year pro John Crockett is line to receive a majority of the running back reps.

Packers' James Starks: Practices Wednesday

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(8/4/2016) Starks returned to practice Wednesday after missing Monday's session due to an undisclosed reason, Rob Demovsky of reports.

Starks had been dealing with cramps earlier in the week, while several days of missed practices were a potential cause for concern. His return Wednesday is a good sign there are no serious issues and he shouldn't miss additional time at this point. Fellow running back Eddie Lacy left Wednesday's practice a bit early, so Starks could be in line for additional reps the rest of the week if Lacy is sidelined, although his issue appears to be minor as well.

Packers' James Starks: Not practicing Monday

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(8/1/2016) Starks is not practicing on Monday for undisclosed reasons, Michael Cohen of the Journal Sentinel reports.

Starks sat out some of Green Bay's practice on Sunday due to what he said was just cramps, but now that it's lingered into a second day it seems it could be more. Whatever the injury is it doesn't appear to be very serious and the running back could be able to return in the coming days.

Packers' James Starks: Will resign with the Packers

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(3/18/2016) The Packers and Starks have agreed to a two-year, $6 million contract Friday, ESPN's Adam Caplan reports.

Starks, who was reportedly looking to earn a starting role with another team during the offseason, will provide some insurance for the Packers should Eddie Lacy continue to struggle with injury and conditioning issues that plagued him throughout the 2015 season. While this deal will take Starks through age 32, he's never carried the ball more than 150 times in a season, so there's reason to believe he might have some gas in the tank, should he be asked to carry the load on offense.

Packers' James Starks: Interested in finding starting job

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(1/19/2016) Starks, an impending free agent, suggested that he may seek out a starting role this offseason, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports. "Opportunity is all I need," Starks said. "Could I be a starter? Yeah. Can I handle it? Yeah. But I'm good in any position I play. I'm a team player. I just want to be successful. I want to win another ring."

Starks set career-high marks for rushing yards (601), receptions (43) and receiving yards (392) in 2015, but he also fumbled five times (lost three) and was unable to seize the lead-back role from an out-of-shape Eddie Lacy. The Packers hope Lacy will lose some weight and return to his 2013-14 form, but the team likely still has some interest in retaining Starks, who has never played for another organization. Set to turn 30 in February, Starks is unlikely to find a guaranteed starting job, but he might find a team that provides him with a better opportunity. Of course, he also emphasized the importance of winning, which is something he's grown accustomed to in Green Bay.

Packers' James Starks: Totals 65 yards, scores against Washington

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(1/10/2016) Starks rushed for 53 yards and a touchdown on 12 carries and added 12 yards on two catches in Sunday's win over Washington.

Starks helped Green Bay recapture the lead in the third quarter on a four-yard stretch play to the right. Despite Eddie Lacy's struggles, Starks was never able to seize the starting role and the two ended with very similar stat lines - Starks with 993 total yards and five touchdowns and Lacy with 946 total yards and five scores. Not surprisingly, the two split the carries evenly on Sunday with 12 apiece, but it'll be interesting to see if Starks gets a greater share next weekend after Eddie Lacy's late-game fumble. In Green Bay's Week 16 matchup against Arizona, Starks was held to 11 total yards.

Packers' James Starks: Gains 42 yards on 11 touches

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(1/4/2016) Starks had eight carries for 24 yards and three receptions for 18 yards (on three targets) in Sunday's 20-13 loss to the Vikings.

True to his word, head coach Mike McCarthy kept Starks involved in the offense, despite the running back's recent struggles holding on to the ball. Starks and Eddie Lacy played to an unproductive stalemate, with the latter gaining 34 yards on 13 carries and seven yards on two receptions (two targets). The timeshare will likely continue in the first round of the playoffs against a Washington defense that surrendered 4.8 yards per carry and 122.6 rushing yards per game during the regular season.

Packers' James Starks: Non-factor in Packers loss

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(12/28/2015) Starks had three carries for 11 yards in Sunday's loss to the Cardinals.

Starks had both his fewest carries and total yards since Week 1 Sunday as the Packers struggled to do much of anything on offense. Fellow running back Eddie Lacy tallied 47 carries to Starks' 23 over the last three games, so Starks is pretty clearly behind Lacy on the depth chart heading into Week 17.

Packers' James Starks: Outproduces Eddie Lacy

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(12/20/2015) Starks had nine carries for 51 yards and caught his lone target for five yards in Sunday's 30-20 win at Oakland.

Starks easily outproduced Eddie Lacy, who surprisingly had just 23 yards on 11 carries. The veteran RB continues to be an asset to Green Bay's offense, although he failed to catch at least four passes for the first time in five weeks. It remains to be seen how the backfield touches will be distributed next week between Starks and Lacy, but they're both likely to have a tough time at Arizona.

Packers' James Starks: Scores two touchdowns against Dallas

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(12/13/2015) Starks had 103 yards from scrimmage and scored a pair of touchdowns in Sunday's 28-7 win over the Cowboys. He finished with 11 carries for 71 yards and caught all four of his targets for 32 yards.

Eddie Lacy came out of coach Mike McCarthy's doghouse to rush for a season-high 124 yards on 24 carries, but Starks was still able to record a couple of touchdowns, including a fourth-quarter rushing score that essentially iced the win. He actually could have had a monster game, but his first-quarter rushing touchdown was overturned by replay. The veteran RB has been a valuable piece in Green Bay's offense this year, especially as a pass catcher, catching 39 balls on 49 targets, but his upside is obviously capped by the presence of Lacy. Next week, Starks and the Packers will travel to Oakland to face the Raiders in a favorable matchup.

Packers' James Starks: Works ahead of Lacy in win

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(12/3/2015) Starks had nine carries for 15 yards and five catches for 45 yards (on seven targets) in Sunday's 27-23 win over the Detroit Lions.

Playing behind an injury-ravaged offensive line, Starks got the start over Eddie Lacy, receiving four carries and a target on the first five snaps of the game. Lacy did mix in during the first half, but he only managed to gain one yard on six touches, and then didn't see the field after halftime. Although Starks didn't fare any better on the ground, he at least offered the Packers something in the passing game. Lacy's absence may have partially been due to the need to go pass-heavy while playing from behind, but it will still be interesting to see what head coach Mike McCarthy says after the game and during the upcoming week. The Packers have a Week 14 home date with the Cowboys.

Packers' James Starks: Rushes for 39 yards on seven carries

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(11/27/2015) Starks rushed for 39 yards on seven carries, and caught four balls on five targets for 41 yards in Thursday's Thanksgiving loss to the Bears.

Starks was notably in a backup role as Eddie Lacy got 17 carries to Starks' seven. It appears as Lacy has full control over the lead back role for Green Bay again. Starks should continue to see a few drives of action per game, including two-minute drill and comeback situations.

Packers' James Starks: Upstaged by Eddie Lacy

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(11/22/2015) Starks had eight carries for just 14 yards and caught his lone target for 30 yards in Sunday's 30-13 win at Minnesota.

Starks took a backseat to Eddie Lacy, who finally got on track, rushing for a season-high 100 yards on 22 carries. The veteran Starks has been a steady, yet unspectacular contributor for most of the season, and that should continue, although it looks like Lacy might start to see more work again. Next up for Starks and the Packers will be a home tilt against NFC North rival Chicago.

Packers' James Starks: Collects 96 yards against Detroit

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(11/15/2015) Starks rushed for 42 yards on 15 carries in Sunday's loss to Detroit. He added six catches on seven targets for 54 yards through the air.

The 2.8 yards per rush didn't look pretty, but big rushing gains haven't been a significant part Starks' game this season, as he entered Week 10 with just two contests in which he averaged more than four yards per carry. Catching the ball is more Starks' speed and with Sunday's performance, Starks moved into third on the team in receptions, behind only Randall Cobb and Richard Rodgers. It would be a surprise if Starks does not remain the Packers' starter after taking over for Eddie Lacy on Sunday, as Starks' 94 all-purpose yards were more than any game Lacy has had since Week 1.

Packers' James Starks: Named No. 1 back

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(11/11/2015) Head coach Mike McCarthy named James Starks the Packers' No. 1 running back in advance of Sunday's game against the Lions, Mike Spofford of the team's official site reports. "He has played very well and he earned that opportunity," said McCarthy. "But I'm not a big believer in just riding one running back the whole season, so we'll stay with the 1-2 punch."

As the acting backup RB for much of the season, Starks has turned heads from game to game, taking full advantage of his touches as both a runner and pass-catcher. While he's grounded out 4.3 YPC and a rushing touchdown, he's also hauled in 19 of 25 targets for 167 yards and two additional touchdowns. Expect Starks to earn a larger share of the RB workload going forward, though McCarthy's comments indicate that Lacy won't disappear from the game plan.

Packers' James Starks: Heads Packers backfield versus Panthers

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(11/8/2015) Starks rushed 10 times for 39 yards in Sunday's game versus the Panthers. He also caught six of his eight targets for 83 yards and a touchdown.

Due to the ineffectiveness of Eddie Lacy and the Packers falling behind by a large deficit, Starks saw an increase in snaps and took full advantage. He was the most productive Packers offensive player on the day, outside of Aaron Rodgers, and is seemingly stepping into a larger role. Lacy figures to remain the starter for now, despite his struggles, but Starks has seemingly earned a larger role. The Packers will host the Lions in Week 10.

Packers' James Starks: Listed as questionable for Denver game

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(10/30/2015) Starks (hip) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game in Denver, Rob Demovsky of reports.

Starks missed practice Wednesday but logged limited sessions Thursday and Friday. Though he should get some touches if he's able to play, Starks will likely work behind Eddie Lacy, who is said to finally be healthy. The Green Bay backfield still merits close attention, as Lacy's struggles probably can't entirely be blamed on his banged-up ankle.

Packers' James Starks: Limited in return Thursday

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(10/29/2015) Starks (hip) was limited in his return to practice Thursday, Rob Demovsky of reports.

Starks surprisingly emerged from the bye week with a hip injury, which was sustained during the Packers' last tilt in Week 6 against the Chargers. Held out of drills to kick off this week, he appears to be inching toward active status Sunday in Denver. However, with Eddie Lacy healthy, Starks is poised to act as the second option out of the backfield..