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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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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

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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.
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

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the Packers are expected to re-sign free agent James Starks to a two-year contract.

Starks visited the Steelers on Monday and reportedly had two other teams interested in him. After rushing for 493 yards and three scores on 89 carries (5.5 YPC), it's a little surprising the 28-year-old couldn't find a team to offer him a chance to compete for a bigger role. In Green Bay, he'll return as the No. 2 behind Eddie Lacy, leaving DuJuan Harris and Johnathan Franklin fighting for scraps.
Mar 17 - 10:19 PM

The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reports the Packers remain in the mix for free agent James Starks.

Other than a visit with the Steelers on Monday, Starks hasn't drawn any other known interest one week into free agency. The 28-year-old is our fourth-best free-agent back left on the market, behind Andre Brown, Knowshon Moreno, and Maurice Jones-Drew. Starks would be a luxury for the Packers to bring back.
Mar 17 - 8:52 PM

Free agent RB James Starks will visit the Steelers on Monday.

The Steelers would be an ideal landing spot for Starks, who posted 493 yards, four touchdowns, and a 5.53 YPC in a bounce-back 2013 season. If signed, Starks will immediately take over as the No. 2 running back behind Le'Veon Bell.
Mar 15 - 4:34 PM

The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reports that "it sounds like" the Packers are interested in re-signing impending free agent James Starks.

They may be interested, but we can't really see it happening. The Packers have talented runners in Johnathan Franklin and DuJuan Harris behind Eddie Lacy and aren't going to dole out the cash it'll take to keep Starks. After a bounce-back season in 2013, Starks should have a number of suitors.
Jan 21 - 3:03 PM

The Newark Star-Ledger wonders if impending free agent James Starks could be a "contingency plan" for the Giants.

Giants GM Jerry Reese recently said he'll put together a "contingency plan" should David Wilson (neck surgery) not be ready for the start of the 2014 season. Starks isn't likely to return to Green Bay. He also has a history with new Giants OC Ben McAdoo, is from New York, and went to college at Buffalo. Starks should be affordable, but isn't a noticeable upgrade on Andre Brown.
Jan 18 - 10:48 AM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
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
3Jeff Janis
WR21Randall Cobb
2Davante Adams
WR31Jarrett Boykin
TE1Andrew Quarless
2Richard Rodgers
3Brandon Bostick
4Ryan Taylor
K1Mason Crosby