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Starks, Lacy to share time in Green Bay backfield

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With Packers running backs James Starks (pictured) and Eddie Lacy finally healthy at the same time, both guys will be playing.

But while the carries will be shared, Lacy is expected to remain the No. 1 guy.

“Eddie is running the ball well right now,” running backs coach Alex Van Pelt recently said, via the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.  “I’m just trying to take some of the load off of Eddie and split up the remaining reps between Johnathan [Franklin] and James, because James and Johnathan still bring some unique abilities to the run game.”

“It’s a good problem.  It’s been awhile.  I like having three backs dressed up.”

Of course, it’s just a matter of time before one of the three running backs is injured again.  Until that happens, the goal will be to find a way to make each of them happy — and also to recognize which guy has the hot hand in any given game.  Though Lacy, a rookie from Alabama, has played well, Starks was off to a great start before injuring his knee against the Bengals.

Officially probable for Sunday night’s game, Starks is virtually certain to play.  And the Packers are virtually certain to use all three guys against a Minnesota defense that has struggled throughout the season to stop opposing offenses.

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36 Responses to “Starks, Lacy to share time in Green Bay backfield”
  1. logicalvoicessay says: Oct 26, 2013 2:03 AM

    i wish my redskins had so much depth.. and that they’d change their name

  2. louhudson23 says: Oct 26, 2013 4:19 AM

    The statistically enlightened NFL fan knows and bleats repeatedly that running backs have no value in today’s NFL.Any old free agent will do,just plug them in.This is clearly evident with the only exception being those teams who do not have quality running backs and can’t seem to find one hanging out on the corner. .
    Reality is that,while the rules have become so(sadly) distorted to enhance passing/scoring,and stud backs are no longer the cornerstones of a teams offense, talented and effective running backs remain a valued commodity,and every team values them and needs them to be successful. Lacy was not,is not,and will not be a wasted pick. He is what every team craves,a punishing runner who presents a threat anytime he is on the field. The fact that less known backs are discovered to have the same qualities does not provide a solid rationale for not drafting a “known” back in a high spot…this phase of leaving backs on the board will pass soon enough,as all “go along with the crowd and cover your ass”fads do…..

  3. finley88thebeast says: Oct 26, 2013 6:32 AM

    Feed the beast…give the ball to lacy

  4. bigbenownsthenfl says: Oct 26, 2013 6:53 AM

    After seeing le’ veon Bell run I see why the Steelers passed on lacy. Le’veon is the real deal. Lacy is an injury waiting to happen. He’s fat and out of shape. He can’t handle the work load. That’s why they need to rotate other backs in. Glad its the packers problem and not the Steelers!

  5. filthymcnasty1 says: Oct 26, 2013 8:10 AM

    They should save Lacy for their big rivalry game against the Bears next week.

  6. clowntown1 says: Oct 26, 2013 8:21 AM

    Wasn’t too long ago a story like this would be met with dozens of comments saying the Packers were such a soft non-running team it didn’t matter who was back there. 6 games in and this team has proven to be a mauler…offense and defense. They start getting players back….By the end of the year I think they will be close to dominant.

  7. dgtalmn says: Oct 26, 2013 8:48 AM

    Love Starks, but the injuries are “hurting” his chances.

  8. bla bla bla says: Oct 26, 2013 8:50 AM

    Starks has been a beast when healthy, but I’d rather they just keep feeding the ball to Lacey. The more touches Lacey gets, the better he becomes.

  9. beerbratscheese says: Oct 26, 2013 9:01 AM

    Of course, it’s just a matter of time before one of the three running backs is injured again.

    Of course it is. What. What kind of a hack writes stuff like this? It’s possible for another injury to happen, but when a professional (and I use that term loosely) writer actually puts it in his article that he expects it; that’s nothing short of lame and pathetic.

  10. acmepacker says: Oct 26, 2013 9:17 AM

    With Lacy and Starks sharing the carries, both should have fresh legs and the way they can both can deliver a load, Minnesota D will get pounded. Rodgers should have a great game! We can’t forget Franklin is also healthy.

  11. garyman1 says: Oct 26, 2013 9:32 AM

    This is good news….but frankly, I’m far more concerned about our rookie left tackle keeping Jared Allen off our quarterback.

  12. golforepar says: Oct 26, 2013 10:10 AM

    bigbenownsthenfl says: Oct 26, 2013 6:53 AM

    After seeing le’ veon Bell run I see why the Steelers passed on lacy. Le’veon is the real deal. Lacy is an injury waiting to happen. He’s fat and out of shape. He can’t handle the work load. That’s why they need to rotate other backs in. Glad its the packers problem and not the Steelers!

    Bell has half the yards as Lacy and Bell’s long run on the season is 11 yards, so when did you see him run, Son?

  13. allday420ap says: Oct 26, 2013 10:17 AM

    Lets see if the vikings sorry defense can get their ish together

  14. thegrigga49 says: Oct 26, 2013 10:21 AM

    It would be a mistake to keep Lacy off the field to much. If anything they should do what the 49ers do with Gore and Hunter.

  15. themostlogicalofvoices says: Oct 26, 2013 10:25 AM

    bigbenownsthenfl says:
    Oct 26, 2013 6:53 AM
    After seeing le’ veon Bell run I see why the Steelers passed on lacy. Le’veon is the real deal. Lacy is an injury waiting to happen. He’s fat and out of shape. He can’t handle the work load. That’s why they need to rotate other backs in. Glad its the packers problem and not the Steelers!

    ————————————————————
    Are you talking about the same Le’veon Bell that has only half as many yards as Eddie Lacy and is on a team that is “fighting to stay relevant”? That Le’veon?

  16. Rick Spielman is a Magician says: Oct 26, 2013 10:33 AM

    Despite the fact that the Vikings always get humiliated when they play on national TV, this should be a great game. Adrian Peterson has never had three bad games in a row and the new edgy Christian Ponder is in at quarterback. The Packers will be looking past this game towards their big rivalry game against the Bears next week. I’ll say 34-31, could go either way.

  17. thegrigga49 says: Oct 26, 2013 10:38 AM

    Eddie Lacy > Leveon Bell

  18. vikescry1 says: Oct 26, 2013 10:41 AM

    logicalvoicessay says:
    Oct 26, 2013 2:03 AM
    i wish my redskins had so much depth.. and that they’d change their name
    ————————————————————————————————————————————————— what?? no depth for the redskins?? i thought you said garcon and Santana moss were in the top 5 receivers in the league though?? smh

  19. f1restarter says: Oct 26, 2013 10:44 AM

    bigbenownsthenfl says:
    After seeing le’ veon Bell run I see why the Steelers passed on lacy. Le’veon is the real deal. Lacy is an injury waiting to happen. He’s fat and out of shape. He can’t handle the work load. That’s why they need to rotate other backs in. Glad its the packers problem and not the Steelers!
    ————————————
    That was a little over-the-top, don’t you think? You’re not fooling anyone.

  20. bigdaddyrockytop says: Oct 26, 2013 10:45 AM

    The new edgy Christian Ponder? He should start using Chris or better yet Christopher if he wants to be edgy.

  21. vikescry1 says: Oct 26, 2013 10:47 AM

    Rick Spielman is a Magician says:
    Oct 26, 2013 10:33 AM
    Despite the fact that the Vikings always get humiliated when they play on national TV, this should be a great game. Adrian Peterson has never had three bad games in a row and the new edgy Christian Ponder is in at quarterback. The Packers will be looking past this game towards their big rivalry game against the Bears next week. I’ll say 34-31, could go either way. ————————————————————————————————————————————————— only a viking fans would think that the packers would look past this game, you maybe hoping they do but that’s not gonna happen. with all greg jennings comments and the way peterson ran on them last year, trust me the packers are looking forward to this game. vikings play the pack tough in the dome but the packers haven’ had a running game like this since ahman green and ryan grant. trust me viking fans, you will see first had our fat boy lacy this sunday night. (when he runs for a 140 yards and a td against ya)

  22. vikescry1 says: Oct 26, 2013 10:50 AM

    bigbenownsthenfl says:
    Oct 26, 2013 6:53 AM
    After seeing le’ veon Bell run I see why the Steelers passed on lacy. Le’veon is the real deal. Lacy is an injury waiting to happen. He’s fat and out of shape. He can’t handle the work load. That’s why they need to rotate other backs in. Glad its the packers problem and not the Steelers! ———————————————————————————————————————————————————- thank you steelers for passing on lacy!

  23. emoney826 says: Oct 26, 2013 11:15 AM

    @bigbenownsthenfl,

    Lacy is more injury prone? Remind me again what happened to Bell earlier this year? Remind me again who has more yards and who averages more yards per carry? Remind me again whose team is one of the biggest jokes of the NFL?

    And about your name…the only thing big Ben owns are the innocent women he takes advantage of.

    I know it still burns like your crabs that the packers beat up on your Steelers in the super bowl, but there’s no need to be so negative about our better running back. It’s not his fault that your teams management passed up on him. You’ll see how good he is in December when he runs all over your teams defense.

  24. oldstylelover says: Oct 26, 2013 11:22 AM

    Rick Spielman is a Magician says:
    The Packers will be looking past this game towards their big rivalry game against the Bears next week. I’ll say 34-31, could go either way.

    Nah, maybe some of the fans are but the team isn’t. These division rivals play each other hard regardless of their records. Plus Ponder is playing for his career, and the Vikings just got embarrassed by the Giants on national TV and aren’t anxious to have the Packers to do the same. The Packers’ coaches and players are well aware of what’s at stake for their rival and for themselves.

  25. thepvyharvin says: Oct 26, 2013 11:49 AM

    filthymcnasty1 says:
    Oct 26, 2013 8:10 AM
    They should save Lacy for their big rivalry game against the Bears next week.
    ====================================
    You asshat, are why we pity Pack fans. You guys know that losing to the Vikings will be a fate worse than death. Enjoy your beatdown tom….

  26. gooch2011 says: Oct 26, 2013 12:40 PM

    I’m glad the redskins don’t have so much depth.. and that they haven’t changed their name

  27. vikescry1 says: Oct 26, 2013 1:39 PM

    thepvyharvin says:
    Oct 26, 2013 11:49 AM
    filthymcnasty1 says:
    Oct 26, 2013 8:10 AM
    They should save Lacy for their big rivalry game against the Bears next week.
    ====================================
    You asshat, are why we pity Pack fans. You guys know that losing to the Vikings will be a fate worse than death. Enjoy your beatdown tom….

    ————————————————————————————————————————————————- now all fan bases have some fans that say dumb stuff, and real packers fans don’t want your pity. they want to see lacy get 200 yards and a couple of scores and step on the vikings throat while their at it.

  28. taintedsaints2009 says: Oct 26, 2013 1:45 PM

    Why run the ball against the Vikings? I could probably start at corner for this team.

  29. tokyosandblaster says: Oct 26, 2013 1:50 PM

    The Packers will rush for more yards and pass for more yards in this game.

  30. hansenbrothers says: Oct 26, 2013 2:00 PM

    Glad to see Starks get some reps, it’ll save a little wear and tear on Lacy. Starks is pretty much playing for his career at this point, he needs to prove that he can stay healthy for an extended period of time.

  31. deltaoracle says: Oct 26, 2013 3:38 PM

    “The new edgy Christian Ponder”
    As in he’s now mousse-spiking his hair, or as in he’ll be looking over at the bench after each incompletion expecting to be replaced?

  32. trevor123698 says: Oct 26, 2013 5:24 PM

    Anyone arguing to feed lacy more is fool. Feed him as little as possible. Put the tread on starks tires while he is still around. at least 70/30 for starks

  33. packerenglishmajor says: Oct 26, 2013 5:44 PM

    Vikings win*
    24-13

    *Oops I forgot to say spoiler alert

  34. filthymcnasty1 says: Oct 26, 2013 7:28 PM

    Vikings are playing for a tiny sliver of pride. The Packers are still playing for a championship.

    We Packer fans are blessed.

  35. axespray says: Oct 27, 2013 2:25 PM

    I’m cool with Starks/Franklin getting some more touches.

    I don’t want us wearing out Eddie throughout the regular season – then wondering where he’s at come playoff time … ala Michael Turner/L.T.

  36. 6kingswest says: Oct 27, 2013 4:04 PM

    filthymcnasty1 says:
    Oct 26, 2013 7:28 PM
    Vikings are playing for a tiny sliver of pride. The Packers are still playing for a championship.

    We Packer fans are blessed.

    ______________________

    Oh please….what planet are you from?!?! Seriously?!?! The Packers are a 1 and done outfit!

    BTW you are not a Packer fan….you’re an EMBARRASSMENT to Packer Fans!

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