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James Starks | Running Back

Team: Green Bay Packers
Age / DOB:  (28) / 2/25/1986
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 218
College: Buffalo
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The Packers did not provide an update on James Starks (ankle) following Sunday's win over the Panthers.
Starks went down midway through the third quarter and did not return. However, the game was a blowout so it could have very well been precautionary -- especially considering Starks stayed on the sideline with his helmet. Oct 19 - 9:28 PM

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James Starks rushed seven times for 36 yards and a touchdown in Green Bay's Week 7 rout of the Panthers, but left early with a tweaked ankle.

He also caught a seven-yard pass. Starks went down late in the third quarter, but almost certainly could have continued running were the Pack not running away with the game. He remained on the sideline in his helmet, which is almost always an indication a player could check back in. Starks continued to rotate with Eddie Lacy before going down, getting three series to himself. Starks cut back on his 13-yard score in the first quarter, displaying excellent vision. It was clear Lacy remained the 1A, however. Starks is a touchdown-dependent RB3, albeit one who should get plenty of scoring opportunities in Green Bay's elite offense.
Oct 19 - 4:35 PM

James Starks rushed eight times for 31 yards and caught two passes for 11 yards in Sunday's Week 6 win at Miami.

Starks rotated evenly with Eddie Lacy, getting full series to himself throughout the game. He was also the primary back on the game-winning two-minute drill that Aaron Rodgers executed. Starks isn't going to get the goal-line work so he's a low-upside option weekly, but the Packers clearly want to get him touches. Lacy's stock is falling as this becomes a RBBC.
Oct 12 - 4:58 PM

James Starks had 12 carries for 46 yards in Thursday night's win over the Vikings.

Starks had an expanded role with the Packers playing on a short week. He took over for Eddie Lacy in the fourth quarter, and ended up with only one less carry. Green Bay made more of an effort to get him involved early after he saw zero touches in Week 4. Starks remains just a high-end handcuff.
Oct 2 - 11:59 PM

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's Tyler Dunne said to expect a lot of James Starks in Thursday night's game against the Vikings.

Starks oddly played one snap in Week 4 and received zero carries. Expect that to change this week, especially if the heavily favored Packers get a lead. Dunne says the goal is 25-30 rushing attempts for the team and it's reasonable to think Starks can get around 10 of those. He's impressively averaged 5.46 YPC over the last two seasons while Eddie Lacy has plodded to 3.03 YPC so far this year.
Oct 2 - 12:20 PM

James Starks received zero carries and played one snap in Sunday's Week 4 win over the Bears.

At least for now, the Packers remain fully committed to Eddie Lacy even though he's averaging 3.03 YPC. Starks, who is averaging 5.46 YPC over the last two seasons, is still a must-handcuff.
Sep 29 - 10:35 AM

James Starks rushed eight times for 38 yards in Green Bay's Week 3 loss to the Lions.

Starks out-rushed Eddie Lacy by two on three fewer carries. All of Starks' work came when a winded Lacy needed a breather, including after Lacy's first-quarter fumble gave the Lions a 7-0 lead. Starks remains a high-end handcuff, but a handcuff nonetheless.
Sep 21 - 5:56 PM

James Starks will start Sunday's Week 2 game against the Jets if Eddie Lacy (concussion) can't.

Starks, a plus backup who has averaged 4.44 YPC in his career, would only lose a fistful of change-of-pace and third-down reps to DuJuan Harris. "I think James had a very good game," OC Tom Clements said in the wake of Thursday's loss at Seattle. "James ran hard, broke some tackles, so he's performing well." Starks isn't a priority fantasy pickup, however, as Lacy is moving faster than expected through the concussion protocol.
Sep 9 - 8:01 AM

James Starks rushed seven times for 37 yards in Green Bay's Week 1 loss to the Seahawks, adding two catches for 11 yards.

Starks actually rushed for three more yards than Eddie Lacy on five fewer carries, though the majority of his damage came with the game no longer in doubt. That being said, Starks looked slippery, shedding a few tackles. With Lacy battling a concussion, Starks is a name to keep an eye on for Week 2. He'd be a plug-and-play RB2 if Lacy can't suit up.
Sep 5 - 12:49 AM

James Starks has reportedly struggled on third downs.

Eddie Lacy, an underrated receiver, will be a three-down back. If he were to get injured, Starks would assume the primary two-down and short-yardage work, while DuJuan Harris would step in as the third-down back and change-of-pace option. Starks remains the preferred Lacy handcuff because he'd be getting the touchdown opportunities in one of the league's best offenses.
Source: ESPN.com
Sep 1 - 9:39 AM

James Starks rushed seven times for nine yards and caught two passes for 32 yards in Friday's preseason game against the Raiders.

We're not concerned with Starks' inefficient night on the ground, but we are starting to get slightly concerned with DuJuan Harris. Harris mixed with Starks after Eddie Lacy left for the night and looked really sharp (12 carries, 56 yards and two catches for 42 yards). Starks, who has 17 carries for 67 yards with one touchdown this preseason, may lose a few touches to Harris if Lacy goes down at any point this year.
Aug 22 - 11:07 PM

James Starks rushed six times for 49 yards and a touchdown in the Packers' preseason opener Saturday night against Tennessee.

He started with Eddie Lacy resting, and broke off a 20-yard TD on a cutback run behind FB John Kuhn, carrying multiple defenders into the end zone. It's a reminder that Lacy owners need to handcuff their first-round pick with Starks, who averaged 5.5 YPC last season and is locked in as Green Bay's No. 2 back.
Aug 10 - 10:56 AM

James Starks didn't miss a single day of offseason practices.

Starks has been unable to sustain health throughout his career, going all the way back to his time at the University of Buffalo. But he's an effective three-down player when he suits up, as evidenced by last year's 5.53 YPC on 89 rushes and 10/89/1 line in the passing game. With Johnathan Franklin (neck) done, Starks is firmly entrenched as Eddie Lacy's handcuff.
Jun 23 - 12:30 PM

James Starks' two-year deal with Green Bay has a base value of $3,165,626.

He got a $725,000 signing bonus, the only guaranteed portion of the contract. 11.5 percent of the deal is tied up in per-game roster bonuses, which Starks will only get if he's active for games. It's a smart move by GM Ted Thompson, arguably the savviest contract negotiator among NFL general managers. Starks will return as Eddie Lacy's handcuff, safely out in front of Johnathan Franklin.
Mar 21 - 2:33 PM

Packers re-signed RB James Starks to a two-year contract.

Starks, 28, was scheduled to meet with the Steelers on Monday but cancelled the visit and is re-upping in Green Bay as Eddie Lacy's backup. Lacy is going to carry the load while Starks sees his 4-8 carries per week as a change-of-pace back. With Starks back in the fold, 2013 fourth-rounder Johnathan Franklin and 2012 revelation DuJuan Harris will compete for No. 3 duties.
Mar 18 - 10:20 AM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Aaron Rodgers
2Matt Flynn
3Scott Tolzien
RB1Eddie Lacy
2James Starks
3DuJuan Harris
GLB1Eddie Lacy
2James Starks
3RB1Eddie Lacy
2James Starks
FB1John Kuhn
WR11Jordy Nelson
2Jarrett Boykin
3Kevin Dorsey
WR21Randall Cobb
2Davante Adams
3Jeff Janis
WR31Davante Adams
TE1Andrew Quarless
2Richard Rodgers
3Brandon Bostick
K1Mason Crosby