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09/22/2017

James Starks

Positional Analysis: Running Back

This is the second of a 14-part series examining each position going into the offseason. Starter (C+): Ty Montgomery made the switch from wide receiver after injuries sidelined Eddie Lacy and James Starks and quickly stabilized the position. The second-year pro from Stanford averaged an impressive 5.9 yards on 77 carries and showed surprisingly good instincts. He ran with patience and was

Packers Keep Hope Alive

It wasn’t pretty, but the Packers did what they had to do on Sunday at Lambeau Field. A 21-13 win over Houston evened their record at 6-6 and guaranteed at least one more meaningful game in a season that has been a struggle from the start. As has often been the case throughout the past

Season Saved In Philly

The Eagles, who earlier in the season beat Pittsburgh, Minnesota and Atlanta at Lincoln Financial Field, were no match for the Packers on Monday night. Buoyed by Aaron Rodgers’ best game in over a year and a defense that finally figured out a way to get off the field on third down, Green Bay won 27-13,

Season On The Brink

Welcome to how the other half lives. After 7 consecutive winning seasons and 7 consecutive trips to the playoffs, the Packers are now wallowing around with the Chargers, Jets and Rams of the NFL. That’s what happens when you drop 4 straight games, including Sunday’s 42-24 embarrassment to the Redskins. While the Packers are still mathematically alive for the postseason, they’ll need the

Preview: Packers vs. Cowboys

There’s a reason every team other than the Packers has at least three running backs on its 53-man roster. It’s not only an important position, it’s also one of the most physically demanding. That’s why general manager Ted Thompson’s decision to go with only James Starks behind starter Eddie Lacy never made much sense. With

Notes: Starks Looks Slower

It’s probably too soon to judge running back James Starks, but to be fair, I did mention during training camp that he looked about a half-step slower. The fact he’s touched the ball only 15 times in 3 games suggests the coaches see the same thing. That’s what made the decision to pass on veteran

How Ted Spends His Money

Thanks to the huge contracts given to Aaron Rodgers and Clay Matthews in the past few years, it should come as no surprise that quarterback (12.97%) and linebacker (23.44%) account for over a third of the Packers’ 2016 salary cap. Here’s a complete breakdown of the other positions on the current 90-man roster: defensive back

Move On From Mediocrity

Letting experienced players leave in free agency isn’t easy for any general manager – especially for a draft and develop guy like Ted Thompson. But sometimes it’s simply the right thing to do. Holding onto mediocre veterans might create a feeling of comfort, but at the end of the day, it doesn’t make a team better.

No Excuse For This Mess

Green Bay’s offense has been terrible for the better part of the past two and a half months. Aside from an unexpectedly strong showing against Minnesota in week 11, the Packers have struggled mightily to move the ball in their other eight games since beginning the season 6-0. And it’s not like they’ve been playing

Better Late Than Never

The Packers offense was far from a juggernaut  in Sunday’s win over Dallas, but it definitely showed signs of life with Mike McCarthy calling plays for the first time since last January. And while it took the head coach way too long to do the right thing, at least he realized his mistake before it

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