James Starks is the Packers Starter

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Green Bay Packers running back James Starks

Green Bay Packers running back James Starks

Whether Eddie Lacy is available to play or not, James Starks is the Green Bay Packers starting running back, according to coach Mike McCarthy.

“James Starks I look at as a starter,” McCarthy said. “He’ll get the starting opportunity this week.”

Starks is coming off a game where he had 20 carries for 132 yards and a touchdown. He also caught four passes for 36 yards. Lacy, meanwhile, is coming off a game where he had one carry and a concussion after a cheap-ass hit by Redskins safety Brandon Meriweather.

But McCarthy’s comments seem to make it clear that even if Lacy is ready to go — and it looks like he may be — Starks has earned the No. 1 job, at least for now.

“Eddie Lacy is making progress. He seems to be doing fine. We’re going through protocol,” McCarthy said. “He looks good, he’s in the meeting, that’s always a positive sign. He has couple more tests tomorrow to pass before he can practice.”

McCarthy also mentioned the rookie Johnathan Franklin, who hasn’t seen the field since the preseason, is likely to get some playing time this week. Whoever the Packers are handing the ball too, they’re going to face a much tougher challenge in Cincinnati, than they did against Washington.

The Bengals are ranked seventh in the NFL in run defense. They’ve given up just 125 yards in two games and are holding opposing runners to 2.8 yards per carry. Washington, meanwhile, is dead last in the NFL. They’ve given up 402 yards and 5.5 per carry through two games.

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22 Comments on "James Starks is the Packers Starter"

  1. TyKo Steamboat

    Make no mistake, once the Pack come outta the Bye on Oct. 6th vs. the Kittens, he’ll be the starter.

    Nice to know Starks will be there for 6-10 carries in relief.

  2. Tucson Packer

    But what’s Cinci’s numbers against an MVP caliber QB? hahaha

    Redskins statistically worse than the Raiders thus far, didn’t see that coming.

    • Shawn iltarion

      Redskins also played two of the best offenses in the league so far.

      Both Philly and GB will probably end up as top 5 offenses.

      • Tucson Packer

        Philly has more of a yet to be determined looks like could be exciting offense. IMO

        Im not sure how much ‘ol Chip can do in his first year. Probably wont be a failure though

  3. Shawn iltarion

    It doesn’t matter who starts. Whoever is having a better day will get most the carries. Lacy is probably still your goal line back regardless.

    I would love to see Franklin get some action as well. I believe pass protection concerns is why he has been sitting so far.

  4. PF4l

    I still like Dujuan Harris. It’s to bad they brought him back before he was fully healed..Now on “IR”. So Eddie Lacy got start in week 1. Now Starks had 100+ against the Redskins….We’ll see what happens. Still the Merry go round. I remember a poll on Packernews.com asking who is the most likely to gain a 1000 yards. Eddie Lacy won by a landslide. Truth be told, 1,000 yard rushers isn’t that big of a deal these days, but the Packers would love to have one.

    • cd4packers

      Hi PF4L..:) I agree with you about Harris. He was like a little stick of dynamite. I was pleased to see Starks stepping up to the plate and getting the job done. Some say he is not the RB of the future for GB. And that MM is crazy for starting him. I on the other hand don’t see it that way. I see the other RBs as possibly being the RB of the future for GB. But for now…as long as Starks is doing the job….he should have the job. IMO.

  5. Vijay

    He looks at James as “A” Starter…not “THE” Starter…so he earned a start this week. Mike likes to date around with running backs and see other people—he’s a serial running back dater.

  6. FITZCORE1252

    Yeah, he’s got the start this week because Lacy got his bell rung, nowhere above did I see that Starks is the starter from here on out. I’ll be surprised if Lacy plays Sunday even if cleared, let the kid sit through the bye and come back rested, with such an early one, it’s gonna be a long haul for the Rook. He’s not gonna see another bye until January… Ya feel me?!?!

  7. FITZCORE1252

    Nobody said you did, go back to slurping pf4l’s sack.

    ” Whether Eddie Lacy is available to play or not, James Starks is the Green Bay Packers starting running back, according to coach Mike McCarthy.”

  8. Savage57

    Whoever the starter is, for the love of God and all things holy, please MM, mix up the run play sequencing a bit to keep Cinti’s front off-balance.

    Cinti’s front 7 is a whole lot more like SF’s than Washington’s.

  9. the real russ letlow

    if Starks doesn’t regress, he may be OK. He picked the seam with decisiveness and hit it hard. I think what has held him back (other than injuries) was his decision making when toting the rock. I didn’t see much hesitation against the Skins.

  10. FITZCORE1252

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  11. FITZCORE1252

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