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Packers could have a secret weapon at RB

Posted on: January 8, 2011 2:29 pm
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Posted by Andy Benoit

Everyone knows that the 2010 Green Bay Packers do not have a good rushing attack. Having lost 1,200-yard stalwart Ryan Grant in the season opener, Green Bay averaged just 100.4 yards per game on the ground this season, 24th best in the NFL. They were held to under 95 yards rushing in 10 contests this season.

A big part of the problem has been Grant’s replacement, Brandon Jackson. The fourth-year pro is a decent third-down back, but as a ballcarrier he lacks the explosiveness and instincts to consistently reach the second level in regular down-and-distance situations. Jackson has produced 3.7 yards per carry this season – aJ. Starks (US Presswire) low number that was also inflated by a few long runs.

He’s not solely to blame. Fullback John Kuhn has been a phenomenal runner – or pounder – in short-yardage situations, but he never did emerge as the NFC’s version of Peyton Hillis. Ditto backup fullback Dmitri Nance (not that anyone had high expectations for him).

But there’s one Packer runner who has turned some heads in 2010: James Starks. The sixth-round rookie made his NFL debut against the 49ers on December 5 and rushed for 73 yards. Starks clearly has more fluidity and quickness than any of Green Bay’s other backs, but is impressive debut did not lead to an increased role. Starks’ best game since December 5 came in Week 17, when he rushed for 20 yards on five carries and two catches for 15 yards against Chicago.

Mike McCarthy said publicly that Starks needed to improve his practice habits (Starks agreed). Many assumed this was a slight to the 24-year-old’s work ethic. Not so.

"He has a tremendous work ethic," Packers running backs coach Edgar Bennett told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. "The kid comes in early and leaves late. It's not a question of work ethic, so let's nip that in the bud. It's just more the detail of it. It's a process, just like anything else."

In the postseason, coaches tend to take talent over principle. Don’t be surprised if McCarthy winds up making his most gifted runner the featured ballcarrier at Philadelphia this Sunday.

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Since: Dec 20, 2009
Posted on: January 8, 2011 5:37 pm
 

Packers could have a secret weapon at RB

I'm sure Philly is just shaking in there boots over James Starks. If GB thinks Paul Hornung is walking through the door to save there running game, it ain't gonna happen.



Since: Oct 20, 2010
Posted on: January 8, 2011 4:23 pm
 

Packers could have a secret weapon at RB

They better hope they have some kind of running presence to help Aaron Rodgers out. I watched Starks first game, he did have a couple of impressive runs, but will the coaching staff really trust a rookie whose barely played all season? I could see a few early down runs for him, but can't see him in when it pertains to picking up the blitz and obvious passing downs. But who knows, hopefully he is healthy enough... Any kind of presence will only help... Time for Rodgers to make a name for himself in the playoffs...
Picked Packs vs. Colts before season, so still have a shot.... (go figure, had to be the two teams that were devastated by injuries)



Since: Dec 6, 2010
Posted on: January 8, 2011 4:19 pm
 

Packers could have a secret weapon at RB

whos head is he turning? he has a 3.5 average. i live in green bay and he is not making any headlines here.  Who gets this info lol


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