Already cut: Randy Starks, DE/DT
2015 statistics: 15 games played, 446 snaps (44.47 percent of team total), 29 tackles, 1 sack, 1 fumble recovery
Pro Football Focus rankings: 75.7 (overall); 75.1 (run defense), 74.9 (pass rush), 56.5 (coverage)
Starks looks to be the perfect type of piece to target. He checks off a ton of boxes.
As alluded to above, Starks is a decent contributor against both the pass and run. He’ll be someone that can be counted on to take snaps no matter the formation or play type; he should be as effective on plays in a 3-4 alignment as he would be in a two-DL formation (think nickel packages).
He doesn’t require a ton of snaps to be effective, which makes him a viable option for a team that relies heavily on rotating their defensive lineman (Mike Daniels accumulated the highest snap count of all Packers linemen with only 67.14% of all defensive snaps).
These things get put even more to the forefront due to the four-game suspension handed to Mike Pennel. Even with the return of Letroy Guion on a multi-year deal and the possibility of bringing back B.J. Raji still an option, the depth and effectiveness of the players at this position sit as suspect at best right now.
Bringing in Starks — if the price is right — would help in the short term, giving Green Bay a solid veteran to at least hold the fort while Pennel is out, and allow the team to feel unhurried in pushing Pennel or any young draft picks into a level of responsibility they may not be prepared for as of yet.
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