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
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.
10/26/15 - RB James Starks (undisclosed) was held out of practice Monday. Fellow back Eddie Lacy previously said Starks played "dinged up" in the course of running for 112 yards in only 10 carries and scoring two touchdowns in the Packers' last game, Oct. 18 against the Chargers.
10/18/15 - RB James Starks had the first two-touchdown game of his career and his 65-yard touchdown run was the longest by a Packers runner since DeShawn Wynn's 73-yard dash vs. Detroit in the 2008 finale. That was critical with Eddie Lacy limited to four carries or 3 yards. Lacy has battled an ankle injury but he said that wasn't a factor. "Oh, no, Starks got on a roll early, and when the guy gets hot like that, you want him to keep going, and he was able to keep performing. Even though he was dinged up, he played through it, and I'm happy for him."
09/21/15 - RB James Starks carried 20 times for 95 yards, including a 35-yard run, as he filled in for injured RB Eddie Lacy. "I'm always ready," Starks said. "Me and Eddie push each other. He's going to always push me, and I'm going to always push him. If there's an opportunity there for me, I'm going to try to make the most out of it."