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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..

Packers RB James Starks back at practice Thursday

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(10/29/2015) Packers running back James Starks (hip) returned to practice Thursday, per Weston Hodkiewicz of the Green Bay Press-Gazette.

Starks tended to a hip injury during the recent bye and even missed the first practice of this week, but his return Thursday, albeit limited, indicates that he's on the path to active status Sunday at Denver. Nonetheless, Eddie Lacy has appeared uninhibited out of the break, meaning he's one the verge of dominating the running back reps and subsequently push Starks to the Fantasy periphery.

Packers RB James Starks dealing with hip injury

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(10/28/2015) Packers running back James Starks didn't participate in practice Wednesday due to a hip injury, reports.

Starks sustained the ailment in the Packers' Week 6 victory versus the Chargers, but not before putting together his first 100-yard performance of the season. Receiving treatment on the hip during the team's subsequent bye, he has yet to practice, which has coincided with Eddie Lacy's removal from the injury report.

As a result, the Packers' depth chart has retained order, especially if Starks is forced to take a seat Sunday in Denver.

Packers RB James Starks dealing with undisclosed injury

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(10/28/2015) Packers running back James Starks is dealing with an undisclosed injury, which might afflict his practice participation Wednesday, the Green Bay Press-Gazette reports.

Starks was unable to practice Monday due to an injury stemming from the last game, a Week 6 win against the Chargers. Further affecting Starks' situation is that Eddie Lacy has reportedly recovered from his foot injury during the bye, which should place him atop the running back pecking order.

Packers' James Starks: Dealing with undisclosed injury

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(10/28/2015) Starks is dealing with an undisclosed injury, which may afflict his practice participation Wednesday, the Green Bay Press-Gazette reports.

Prior to practice, head coach Mike McCarthy stated that Starks was unable to practice Monday due to an injury stemming from the Packers' last game, a Week 6 win against the Chargers. During the team's bye week, Starks remained in Green Bay to receive treatment, according to Rob Demovsky of, but McCarthy is hopeful that the running back will be able to take part in some fashion Wednesday. Further affecting Starks' situation is McCarthy's belief that Eddie Lacy has ditched his foot injury during the bye, which should place him atop the RB pecking order, if true.

Packers' James Starks: Scores two touchdowns Sunday

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(10/18/2015) Starks ran 10 times for 112 yards and a touchdown and also caught a five-yard score in Sunday's 27-20 win over the Chargers.

Starks played a key role in the win, as Eddie Lacy was ineffective once again, rushing for just three yards on four carries. Both of Starks' touchdowns came in the first quarter, including his impressive 65-yard score, which featured a nice spin move at the line of scrimmage and decent speed in the open field. It doesn't appear as though Lacy is fully healthy, as he was previously dealing with an ankle injury, but the Packers will have their bye next week, giving him extra time to rest. In any case, Starks is more than a handcuff to Lacy, as the veteran RB has produced all season.

Packers' James Starks: Gains 46 total yards in Week 5

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(10/12/2015) Starks ran the ball five times for 17 yards and caught three passes for 29 yards in Sunday's victory over the Rams.

Starting running back Eddie Lacy received just 13 carries Sunday, but Starks still saw both his carries and touches decrease for the third straight week with the Packers having trouble moving the ball on the ground. Lacy should see his workload increase moving forward -- particularly after the Packers' Week 7 bye -- and Starks will continue to play a complimentary role in the backfield.

Packers RB James Starks used sparingly in Week 4

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(10/5/2015) Packers reserve running back James Starks had nine carries for 28 yards and two receptions for 11 yards in the Week 4 defeat of the 49ers.

Starks averaged 21 touches a game over Weeks 2-3, but starting running back Eddie Lacy (ankle) was able to handle a bigger workload Sunday than he did the previous two games, so Starks was not needed for as many snaps, even coming off a short week.

Lacy appeared healthy against San Francisco and the Packers will have a full week to prepare for their next game, so Starks figures to be used moderately again in Week 5.

Packers RB Eddie Lacy claims little of concern about ankle

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(10/2/2015) Packers featured back Eddie Lacy (ankle) has implied that he's not overly concerned about his ankle, reports. "It's not going to be a lingering thing," he said. "It's going away. My rookie year, it really didn't go away."

Lacy suffered an ankle injury in 2013, but he missed only one game and was able to shoulder the rushing load into the postseason.

He did not appear to be favoring the ankle during the win over Kansas City on Monday night, finishing with 46 yards on 10 carries to go with three receptions for 41 yards, all while splitting snaps with James Starks.

Packers running back James Starks receives 17 carries Monday

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(9/29/2015) Packers running back James Starks finished Monday night's win over the Chiefs with 32 rushing yards on 17 carries and 19 receiving yards on one catch. 

Starks' 18 touches surpassed teammate Eddie Lacy's 13, but the veteran couldn't find much room to run Monday night.

While Starks made good on his lone target, the Chiefs limited his production overall. With another week for Lacy's ankle to receive treatment, Starks will likely see his touches scaled back, but remain decently involved as the Packers' No. 2 tailback in Week 4 against the 49ers.

Packers RB James Starks could split time with Eddie Lacy

(9/21/2015) If Eddie Lacy (ankle) plays next Monday against the Chiefs, he could split running-back reps with running back James Starks, Jason Wilde of ESPN Wisconsin reports.

In Monday's media session, head coach Mike McCarthy said, "We could play 50/50 with Eddie and James."

Lacy will be consumed with treating his sprained right ankle this week, with Thursday providing the first window into his potential availability in Week 3. In the meantime, Starks will prepare to start after filling in admirably at running back versus the Seahawks on Sunday, when he recorded 20 rushes for 95 yards and four catches (on four targets) for 11 yards. If something approaching an even split of work occurs next Monday, owners would have to temper expectations with regard to Starks' potential output.