Starks could help Packers’ struggling run game

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“Because how can I have any confidence in you being on the field if you can’t show me what you can do in practice? That to me, is the most important thing. And that’s what being a professional is about. This is a whole-week job.”

The fact that Starks‘ debut was such a big deal in Green Bay this week shows just how badly the Packers running game is struggling going into Sunday’s game at Detroit.

Green Bay has had a pass-first offense under McCarthy, and that certainly hasn’t changed after a season-ending ankle injury to Grant in Week 1. Rodgers was their leading rusher in a loss at Atlanta two weeks ago.

Brandon Jackson has struggled, and has made the case in recent weeks that he needs more carries to get into a rhythm. That isn’t likely to happen if Starks can show that his debut wasn’t a fluke.

“I would like to have some type of rotation of all three of those backs, but Brandon is still our main guy,” McCarthy said. “He’s done it all year. As I’ve stated before, I don’t think it’s in our best interests with as much football as we have in front of us to sit there and run Brandon Jackson 25 times a game.”

Jackson didn’t complain about getting only four carries to Starks‘ 18 on Sunday.

“He just adds another dimension,” Jackson said. “Hopefully, he’s going to do good things in the running game to help push us forward.”

Starks said he’ll take whatever the coaches are willing to give him.

“We’ve got great backs,” Starks said. “Whatever is asked of me, that’s what I’m going to do. I’m up for any challenge, just as the other backs are. If you put us in the right situation, we’ll all succeed.”

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