Data Scout Notes: INJ/DNP-NothingCoaches/PDoak/1st team
Post-Draft Outlook: A closer look at the Packers' picks: Round 6/193 -- James Starks, RB, 6-2, 218, Buffalo: The school's all-time leading rusher is a great unknown after he missed the 2009 season with a shoulder injury. Tall for a back but is an elusive, physical north-south runner. Former star quarterback in high school could give Packers offense a "Wildcat" dimension. - by The Sports Xchange
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Draft Scout James Starks News
03/22/16 - RB James Starks was re-signed on Tuesday. Starks appeared in all 16 games with a career-high four starts last season.
He posted a career-best 601 rushing yards on 148 attempts for a 4.1 average with two touchdowns. He also set career highs in receptions (43), receiving yards (392) and receiving TDs (three).
Starks led the team in yards from scrimmage with a career-high 993 on the season, surpassing his previous best of 794 yards in 2011, and was one of only five running backs in the league with 600-plus rushing yards and 390-plus receiving yards in 2015.
Starks, who was selected by Green Bay in the sixth round (193rd overall) of the 2010 NFL Draft out of the University at Buffalo, has played in 67 games with nine starts during his six seasons with the Packers.
He has recorded 2,361 rushing yards and nine TDs on 555 attempts (4.3 avg.) and 106 receptions for 883 yards (8.3 avg.) and four TDs.
Starks' two-year deal is worth $6 million, according to reports.
03/18/16 - RB James Starks has agreed to return to the Packers on a two-year deal worth a reported $6 million.
Starks, 30, was a sixth-round pick by the Packers in the 2010 NFL Draft and rushed for 601 yards and two touchdowns last season while sharing time with Eddie Lacy in the backfield.
In six seasons with the Packers, Starks has 2,361 rushing yards and nine touchdowns. He also has 883 receiving yards and four touchdowns.
12/13/15 - RB James Starks had 71 rushing yards and 32 receiving yards to finish with 103 yards from scrimmage. He had a 13-yard touchdown catch in the second quarter and a 30-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter. He has a career-high 884 yards from scrimmage this season. "When (Lacy) gets going, it's hard to stop him, and I think putting me in there after they're all bruised up and stuff like that is a great combination, and I think it makes us dangerous."
11/11/15 - RB James Starks will start ahead of Eddie Lacy when the Packers host the Lions on Sunday, coach Mike McCarthy said Wednesday.
McCarthy said Wednesday that Starks "is our No. 1 back right now going into Detroit."
Lacy has rushed for more than 1,100 yards in each of his first two seasons, but has just 308 yards through eight games this season. Starks is the team's leading rusher with 334 yards on five fewer carries.
"He's played very well, he's earned that opportunity," McCarthy said of Starks. "I'm not a big believer in just riding one running back the whole season. We'll stay with the 1-2 punch."
Starks rushed for a season-high 112 yards on just 10 carries in starting against the San Diego Chargers on Oct. 18. Meanwhile, Lacy left Sunday's loss at the Carolina Panthers with a groin injury after rushing for just 10 yards on five carries.
10/29/15 - RB James Starks (hip) practiced for the first time this week Thursday. Though he was on the field as a limited participant, Starks' return for the practice in pads was an encouraging sight just ahead of the Packers' big road matchup against the 6-0 Denver Broncos on Sunday night. Starks suffered the injury in Green Bay's last game Oct. 18 before its bye, though he was able to fight through it and rush for a season-high 112 yards and score two touchdowns in the win over the San Diego Chargers.