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James Starks Is (Unofficially) Packers No. 1 Back

James Starks

Starks leads the team in rushing.

No one in Green Bay has made it official and we don’t expect anyone to, but it’s clear [intlink id=”1038″ type=”category”]James Starks[/intlink] is the Green Bay Packers No. 1 running back, regardless of who plays the first snap of the game.

While Starks and [intlink id=”64″ type=”category”]Ryan Grant[/intlink] continue to get a similar amount of touches, Starks is spending a lot more time on the field.

By Jason Wilde’s count, Starks played 37 snaps against Carolina and Grant played 16. Even though the Packers aren’t handing either back the ball very much, it’s a good sign the coaching staff likes Starks a lot better as a receiver.

There was some question coming into the season whether Starks could adequately handle blitz pickups. He’s missed a couple assignments, but appears to be progressing in that area.

On the season, Starks has 21 rushes for 142 yards and three receptions for 30 yards. Grant has 15 carries for 65 yards and four receptions for 19 yards.

Monty McMahon

Monty McMahon is one of the founders of Total Packers. He is probably the most famous graduate of UW-Oshkosh next to Jim Gantner.



  1. Ryan September 21, 2011

    This should come as no surprise. Starks is much more explosive. If he can learn to pickup the blitz and stay healthy, he’s the #1. Also, I can’t remember him ever fumbling… But I haven’t looked at the stats.

    1. brooksnelson87 September 21, 2011

      No fumbles yet; there’s one thing he’s got over Purple Jesus.

  2. Kirby September 21, 2011

    He was impressive in Carolina on Sunday! The Packers have the luxury of having two great RB’s on the roster to keep opponent D###’s guessing! Gotta love it!

  3. Cody September 21, 2011

    Hey Monte,

    Any word on Davon House? I haven’t read a lick on his injury and was wondering what the coaching staff is thinking of him…lord knows he can already cover better then Bush even without a single snap in the NFL

  4. Cody September 21, 2011

    Sorry damn phone autocorrected your name…

  5. Chas September 21, 2011

    I am glad we have two good running backs. I also think that James Starks is probably the better of the two runners as of now. But set aside the money, and the papered athlete mentality. It would be harder than hell for me to be in Ryan Grants shoes right now.

  6. BinKee September 22, 2011

    Looks to me like Ryan Grant took up Brandon
    Jackson’s style of running ( 2 yards and a
    cloud of dust ). Too bad he can’t block as good
    as Jackson, looks like we left the wrong one go

  7. Buddymobile September 22, 2011