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Packers get offensive contributions


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(11/16/2014) The Packers got a slew of contributions in their Week 11 blowout of the Eagles. Among them, tight end Andrew Quarless caught both his targets for 35 yards, and tight end Richard Rodgers had a 19-yard grab.

Running back James Starks carried eight times for 9 yards and caught two passes for 17 yards. Fullback John Kuhn added a 3-yard carry.

Backup quarterback Matt Flynn completed both his attempts for 26 yards. They'll all visit Minnesota in Week 12.


Packers RB James Starks active against Saints


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(10/26/2014) Packers running back James Starks, who was probable with an ankle injury, is active for Sunday night's game in New Orleans. He'll back up Eddie Lacy as usual.

Quartet of Packers on Friday injury report


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(10/24/2014) The Packers have placed four players on their Friday injury report - and each has a different designation. Included are defensive backs Sam Shields (knee), who is doubtful, and questionable Morgan Burnett (calf). Green Bay is preparing to play at New Orleans on Sunday night.

Defensive end Datone Jones has been ruled out with an ankle injury. Running back James Starks is also dealing with an ankle issue, but he is probable.


Packers RB James Starks able to practice Thursday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(10/23/2014) Packers running back James Starks was back on the practice field Thursday after sitting out Wednesday due to an ankle injury he suffered Week 7. The Packers are preparing to face the Saints in Week 8.

Packers RB James Starks sits out


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(10/22/2014) Packers running back James Starks, who left Sunday's win over Carolina with an ankle injury, did not practice Wednesday, reports the Green Bay Press-Gazette. His status for Sunday's game at New Orleans is uncertain.

Packers RB James Starks departs with ankle injury


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(10/19/2014) Packers running back James Starks scored his first touchdown of the season but had to leave Sunday's game against the Panthers with an ankle injury.

Starks ripped a 13-yard run, barreling into the end zone to give his team a 21-0 lead in the opening quarter. He sustained the injury in the third quarter and was ruled questionable to return to the game. He had seven carries for 36 yards and a score before leaving the game.


Packers RB James Starks steps up in fourth quarter vs. Miami


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(10/12/2014) Packers running back James Starks made his presence felt in the late stages of Sunday's win over the Dolphins in Week 6.

Starks racked up 40 of his 42 total yards in the fourth quarter, including 23 yards on the final drive which resulted in a game-winning touchdown to Andrew Quarless with three seconds remaining the game. He finished the game with eight carries for 31 yards and caught two of five targets for 11 yards in a 27-24 victory.

The Packers will host the Panthers in Week 7.


Packers' James Starks rushes for 46 yards in Week 5


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(10/3/2014) Packers running back James Starks alternated series with his running mate Eddie Lacy early on and then saw a healthy dose of reps in mop-up duty in Week 4.

Starks ripped a 17-yard run in the third quarter for his longest gain of the night. He took 12 handoffs for 46 yards, averaging 3.8 yards per attempt. He caught all two of his targets for 2 yards in a 42-10 victory.

The Packers will travel to Miami for a Week 6 showdown against the Dolphins.


Mike McCarthy blames himself for overlooking James Starks


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(9/30/2014) Packers coach Mike McCarthy was upset with himself for not getting running back James Starks a single carry in the Week 4 win at Chicago. "That shouldn't have happened," McCarthy told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. "James Starks should touch the football every single game."

Starks is averaging 5.0 yards on his 15 carries this season.


Packers backup rushers do little Week 3


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/21/2014) The Packers backup running did little Week 3 against the Lions.

James Starks actually led the team in rushing despite receiving just eight carries. He gained 38 yards. DuJuan Harris also got three carries, but only gained 2 yards. 

They'll take on the Bears Week 4. 


James Starks leads the way for Packers


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/5/2014) Packers running back James Starks wound up leading the team in rushing Thursday against the Seahawks.

Starks didn’t see a lot of work, but made the most of his opportunities. He carried the ball seven times for 37 yards, averaging 5.3 yards per rush. Starks also caught two passes for 11 yards. Eddie Lacy left the game late in the fourth quarter, allowing Starks to get one drive where he was the featured runner. After the game, it was revealed Lacy is dealing with a concussion.

Starks will take on the Jets Week 2.


DuJuan Harris pushing James Starks for No. 2 spot


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(8/26/2014) Packers running back DuJuan Harris played so well Friday against the Raiders that he's now pushing James Starks for the No. 2 spot on the depth chart, reports the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. Harris rushed 12 times for 56 yards and caught passes of 31 and 11 yards.

"That's a question that has yet to be determined," running backs coach Sam Gash said of the pecking order behind Eddie Lacy. "We're still going through the process."

Added offensive coordinator Tom Clements: "Obviously, Eddie's our top runner. After that, we're going to mix guys in there and see where it goes."


James Starks strikes paydirt in exhibition game


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/9/2014) 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
(3/18/2014) 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


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/17/2014) The Packers are interested in bringing back free agent running back James Starks, according to ESPN. Both sides appear to be closing in on a two-year deal.

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
(3/16/2014) 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
(3/2/2014) 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.


Report: Packers interested in bringing back James Starks


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(1/21/2014) It appears the Packers are interested in re-signing impending free agent James Starks, reports the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. However, Green Bay could easily be outbid for Starks, who at age 27 is coming off his best season.

Starks averaged 5.5 yards per carry and scored four touchdowns on 99 touches. If the Packers retain him, Starks would again find himself in a crowded backfield with Eddie Lacy, DuJuan Harris and Johnathan Franklin.


James Starks could be ideal fit for Giants


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(1/18/2014) Former Packers featured back James Starks could be a natural fit with the Giants, the Newark Star Ledger has speculated.

Starks played for new Giants offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo and will be available in free agency. He lost his starting spot to rookie Eddy Lacy, but continued to perform well when given the opportunity. He rushed for 493 yards on 89 carries for a 5.5 yards-per-carry average. He is also a New York State native.


Packers, James Starks expected to part ways


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(1/7/2014) Running back James Starks, who had some big moments in 2013, isn't expected to return to the Packers in 2014, reports the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. Starks "is going to get a good offer somewhere, and the Packers aren't going to be able to match it," the paper said, adding Starks "ran like a brute when he did get the ball."

Starks ran for 493 yards and a touchdown, averaging a career-high 5.5 yards per carry, and caught 10 passes for 89 yards and a score despite missing three games with a knee injury. He declined to speculate on free agency, saying, "I'll leave that to my agent. That's out of my control."

Green Bay could move forward with Eddie Lacy, DuJuan Harris and Johnathan Franklin.


James Starks 'fresh and anxious when he gets in there'


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(12/31/2013) Despite playing in the shadow of rookie Eddie Lacy, Packers running back James Starks is a key cog in the offense. Coordinator Tom Clements believes the running game is at its best when Lacy and Starks form a 1-2 punch, especially with Lacy battling a bum ankle, reports the team's website.

“When he’s gotten his opportunities, he’s been very productive,” Clements said of Starks. “He’s run very hard. He’s fresh and anxious when he gets in there, and he’s done an outstanding job.”

The duo combined for 282 yards and three touchdowns over the last two games. In Week 17 at Chicago, Starks ran 11 times for 88 yards, including a season-long 41-yarder. Look for Starks to get significant touches again Sunday vs. San Francisco.


James Starks shares load with Eddie Lacy in Week 17


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12/29/2013) Packers running back James Starks shared the load with Eddie Lacy and fell just 12 yards shy of his second 100-yard game of the season in Week 17 at Chicago.

With the NFC North title on the line, Starks came up with 88 yards on 11 carries, averaging 8.0 yards per carry. He also had one catch for 7 yards in a 33-28 victory, clinching a playoff spot for Green Bay. Starks finished the regular season with 493 yards and three touchdowns on the ground.

James Starks comes to rescue against Steelers


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12/22/2013) The Packers needed production on the ground Sunday against visiting Pittsburgh after sensational rookie running back Eddie Lacy left early in the fourth quarter with an injury. And they got it from James Starks.

Starks finished with 47 yards on 10 carries, his finest effort since Week 2 against Washington. He contributed 26 yards on four attempts in a fourth-quarter drive that tied the game at 31-31. He added a catch for 23 yards.

He will take over as the featured back if Lacy is unable to play next Sunday against the Bears.


One of two backs tallies for Packers on Sunday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12/15/2013) Packers running back James Starks was the biggest of the small contributors Sunday in Dallas. He managed just one catch, but it was an 11-yard touchdown early in the fourth quarter that nearly completed a comeback from a 23-point halftime deficit. Starks added three carries for 12 yards.

Fellow running back John Kuhn chipped in with one reception, but it lost a yard.


James Starks does little with carries


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(12/8/2013) Though he was primarily a change-of-pace option for Eddie Lacy against the Falcons in Week 14, Packers backup running back James Starks got a chance to carry the load for a couple series when Lacy was having his ankle taped up early in the second half, rushing three times for 10 yards.

In all, he rushed seven times for 19 yards. The seven carries were the most he's had since Week 8 at Minnesota.

The Packers visit the Cowboys in Week 15.