Starks had eight carries for just 14 yards and caught his lone target for 30 yards in Sunday's 30-13 win at Minnesota. Starks took a backseat to Eddie Lacy, who finally got on track, rushing for a season-high 100 yards on 22 carries. The veteran Starks has been a steady, yet unspectacular contributor for most of the season, and that should continue, although it looks like Lacy might start to see more work again. Next up for Starks and the Packers will be a home tilt against NFC North rival Chicago.
Starks rushed for 42 yards on 15 carries in Sunday's loss to Detroit. He added six catches on seven targets for 54 yards through the air. The 2.8 yards per rush didn't look pretty, but big rushing gains haven't been a significant part Starks' game this season, as he entered Week 10 with just two contests in which he averaged more than four yards per carry. Catching the ball is more Starks' speed and with Sunday's performance, Starks moved into third on the team in receptions, behind only Randall Cobb and Richard Rodgers. It would be a surprise if Starks does not remain the Packers' starter after taking over for Eddie Lacy on Sunday, as Starks' 94 all-purpose yards were more than any game Lacy has had since Week 1.
Head coach Mike McCarthy named James Starks the Packers' No. 1 running back in advance of Sunday's game against the Lions, Mike Spofford of the team's official site reports. "He has played very well and he earned that opportunity," said McCarthy. "But I'm not a big believer in just riding one running back the whole season, so we'll stay with the 1-2 punch." As the acting backup RB for much of the season, Starks has turned heads from game to game, taking full advantage of his touches as both a runner and pass-catcher. While he's grounded out 4.3 YPC and a rushing touchdown, he's also hauled in 19 of 25 targets for 167 yards and two additional touchdowns. Expect Starks to earn a larger share of the RB workload going forward, though McCarthy's comments indicate that Lacy won't disappear from the game plan.
Starks rushed 10 times for 39 yards in Sunday's game versus the Panthers. He also caught six of his eight targets for 83 yards and a touchdown. Due to the ineffectiveness of Eddie Lacy and the Packers falling behind by a large deficit, Starks saw an increase in snaps and took full advantage. He was the most productive Packers offensive player on the day, outside of Aaron Rodgers, and is seemingly stepping into a larger role. Lacy figures to remain the starter for now, despite his struggles, but Starks has seemingly earned a larger role. The Packers will host the Lions in Week 10.
Starks (hip) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game in Denver, Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com reports. Starks missed practice Wednesday but logged limited sessions Thursday and Friday. Though he should get some touches if he's able to play, Starks will likely work behind Eddie Lacy, who is said to finally be healthy. The Green Bay backfield still merits close attention, as Lacy's struggles probably can't entirely be blamed on his banged-up ankle.
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