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James Starks is Back in Action

The Green Bay Packers’ running back situation may be trending up for a change. James Starks, who had knee surgery in mid October, returned to practice on Thursday.

It came on a limited basis, of course and it’s still unclear if Starks will be available when the Packers play the Colts on Sunday.

The Packers will likely have receiver/running back Ty Montgomery back in the lineup Sunday, regardless of whether Starks can go or not. He also practiced on Thursday after sitting out the loss to Atlanta with an illness.

Montgomery has added another element to the Packers’ offense in the two games he’s played primarily at running back, with 66 yards rushing and 164 receiving.

Against Atlanta, with Don Jackson, Knile Davis and fullback Aaron Ripkowski in the backfield, the Packers handed the ball off just 13 times in total.

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  1. icebowl November 3, 2016

    Always liked JS, he plays hard, blocking skills at times suspect..
    Don’t see him being able to handle RB1 workload full time….
    Hoping Jackson and Riptide can spell him and allow Monty to move back to WR…..

    1. PF4L November 3, 2016

      I’m with you on Montgomery, he needs to do what he does best, GET OPEN as a possession wr. Ty has caught 20 passes this season, and gained a 1st down on 11 of them. He gets open and moves the chains I’d hate to see him getting hurt pretending to be a rb.

      To me, this guy is like a Sterling Sharpe type, ready to come into his own.

      1. Howard November 3, 2016

        You and I agree 100% on Ty.

  2. PF4L November 3, 2016

    Here’s the problem….Although it’s nice to get a regular rb returning, the truth of the matter is it doesn’t mean much.

    Starks, for the season has rushed 24 times for 42 yards with a long of 10, and an average of 1.8 ypc. Normally, rushing for 1.8 ypc, earns you a seat on the bench or the practice squad, on any team. I’m not trying to shit on Starks, i like him. But it is what it is.

    Now, if the offensive line, is as good as some people seem to think they are. They need to open more running lanes. Even when Lacy was active, i saw more runs stuffed at the line of scrimmage than i should see. The handful of open lanes Lacy had, he took advantage of them and ripped off 4 or 5 long runs, enabling his ypc to be what it is.

    We’ll see what happens, but 1.8 ypc isn’t going to get it done.

  3. icebowl November 4, 2016

    Add the Higher risk of injury using Monty in backfield…