Saturday night’s NFL preseason game between the Green Bay Packers and Tennessee Titans did not generate much excitement, especially from a Packers perspective with Aaron Rodgers, Eddie Lacy and Jordy Nelson all being held out but one player who did shine for Green Bay was James Starks.
Starks, who signed a two-year contract with the Packers this offseason, dominated in limited action against the Titans, rushing six times for 49 yards and scoring on an impressive 20-yard touchdown run. Packers head coach Mike McCarthy liked what he saw from Starks and went as far as to say that the fifth-year man from Buffalo was in midseason form.
McCarthy on RB James Starks: He picked up right where he left off. He looks like he’s in midseason form. #GBvsTEN
— Green Bay Packers (@packers) August 10, 2014
Starks started the game thanks to Lacy’s absence but his effort was just a reminder of how good he was last season. The 6-1, 203-pounder showed that when given the opportunity he can be counted on to make big plays. His 20-yard rushing touchdown brings back glimpses from last season, when his big-play ability was a huge asset to the Packers offense.
The talk is always surrounding Aaron Rodgers and his incredible group of receivers led by Nelson and Randall Cobb, but the truth of it is, the Packers are a physical, smash-mouth, running team.
McCarthy has always wanted to run the football and run it a lot, he just never had enough talent at running back and offensive line to do it. But as James Starks reminded us Saturday night, the Packers do now.