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Green Bay Packers: James Starks Reminds Us He Can Play

Yes, James Starks can still play.
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After Sunday’s performance, it might be time to re-acquaint ourselves with Green Bay Packers running back James Starks.  He  was drafted in the sixth round by the Green Bay Packers out of the University of Buffalo. 

He made his NFL debut on Dec. 5, 2010, against the San Francisco 49ers, with 18 carries for 73 yards.  On Jan. 9 in the 2011 Wild Card Playoff game against the Philadelphia Eagles, Starks broke the Packers’ rookie post-season record for rushing yards in a single game with 123 yards on 23 carries.

Starks finished his rookie season with a win against the Pittsburgh Steelers in Super Bowl XLV in which he rushed for 52 yards on 11 carries.

In 2011 he played in 13 games in which he gained a total 578 yards and in 2012 he played in six games, gaining 255 yards.

James Starks
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In recent years the Packers haven’t really been able to depend on one running back, usually changing between Starks, Brandon Jackson, and Ryan Grant as injuries disrupted any consistency at the running back position.  He is now in his fourth season with Green Bay and has shown that when called on, he will be able to deliver.

On Sunday, Starks snapped a 44-game streak where Green Bay hadn’t had a rusher break the century mark.

Starks’ role going forward likely will depend on Eddie Lacy’s condition. Hopefully we will find out soon, but for now we know Starks looks like a guy who can go to work on Sundays for Packers Nation.

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