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It Doesn’t Look Like James Starks Will Open Season As Starter

James Starks

Starks was expected to be the starter by some.

The Green Bay Packers haven’t done much with [intlink id=”1038″ type=”category”]James Starks[/intlink] this preseason.

Although he’s looked better than [intlink id=”64″ type=”category”]Ryan Grant[/intlink] in training camp, he’s only received three carries during the preseason. Now there’s word the team is looking at Starks as their third-down back.

Starks got a long look in the role during the team’s third preseason game against Indianapolis and caught five balls for 38 yards. The real question is whether he’s a capable blocker, which is something that remains to be seen.

“Obviously the checkdowns are important, timing with the quarterback and all that,” offensive coordinator Joe Philbin said. “But the real proof in the pudding is if you can step up and take on a linebacker. Can you find the blitzing safety regardless of what side he lines up on? That’s to be determined. You orchestrate it the best you can in practice and see if we can put him in as many situations as possible. But you have to get out there and do it.”

We still expect Starks to get some carries on first and second down, but at least for now, it looks like the Packers are content to go with Grant as their starter.

If Starks is the third-down back, that doesn’t leave much action left for rookie [intlink id=”1618″ type=”category”]Alex Green[/intlink], who was expected to compete for the spot.

Neither Starks or Grant is expected to get much action in this week’s final preseason game, but it would probably be wise to hold off on making either player a high draft choice in your fantasy draft.

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  1. Taryn August 30, 2011

    It’s a smart move by MM.We won’t have time to play with the run against the Saints,Brees will be looking for quick scores against our soft looking D so far.Passing stats will set records that game and Starks will shine on 3rd downs.

  2. Packerfan2008 August 30, 2011

    I concur. Based on my recent madden purchase…I played the first game of franchise and drew brees aired it out for a quick score. after a terrible job running the ball, I proceeded to air it out with Rodgers including a 98 yard pass to Greg Jennings. my total running for the game was -10 yards…not including a 17 yard run by A rod. Rodgers threw for 385 yards with 4 tds, 2 of which to Finley. he finished with a passer rating of 140 with 1 int. Green bay ended up winning the not so close contest 35-7. Note** Hawk made a wicked 1 handed pick six in the second quarter. lets hope the season opener goes as well as my madden opener went!! GO PACK GO

  3. CaLIPACKfAN August 30, 2011

    Packerfan2008 who in the world gives a fuck about you playing madden.

  4. packerfan2008 August 30, 2011

    I do!!

  5. Chas August 30, 2011

    Reality-Fantasy-Gamers?? “What the hell is Going on Here”
    Starks will be the starter at or before game 3. I think after Grant gave up money they will give him the starter spot. If he does not produce Starks will be.

  6. Madcity Packer Fan August 30, 2011

    We shall see how “soft” our “D” is going to look when the games count and everyone on the first team is out there. There is a difference in the way any team approaches a preseason game versus a regular season game. Packerfan2008 you do know the playbook in the game is pretty basic…right?

  7. Madcity Packer Fan August 30, 2011

    It is fun to do that though. lol

  8. packerfan2008 August 31, 2011

    Haters gonna hate. i was just trying to let everyone know the packers would dominate the saints and hope it would get everyone into the packer spirit. my plan obviously failed. has MM said how long the starters are going to play in the final preseason game?

  9. Abe Frohman August 31, 2011

    doesn’t really matter who starts with ARodg under center. Our primary focus in a RB is that they be able to pass protect first, run the rock second.

  10. Anyonymous September 1, 2011

    So wouldn’t you want your best pass blocker to be out there on 3rd instead of 1st and 2nd?