James Starks, Benny Cunningham visit Patriots

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The Patriots running game faded out of sight down the stretch last season and the team visited with a pair of players Thursday who could help them avoid a similar fate next season.

Adam Caplan of ESPN reports that running back James Starks visited with the team on Thursday and multiple reports have Benny Cunningham meeting with the team as well. Starks is the more seasoned back after spending the last six seasons with the Packers and comes off a year that saw him run 148 times for 601 yards and two touchdowns. He also caught 43 passes, which gives him the versatility to fit in a variety of roles with New England.

Cunningham was tendered at the original-round level by the Rams as a restricted free agent, which gives L.A. a chance to match any offer without getting compensation in return since Cunningham was undrafted out of college. He’s also flashed ability as a receiver (45 catches in 2014) and returned kickoffs for the Rams.

Caplan adds that tight end Clay Harbor was also in for a visit. The six-year veteran spent three years with the Eagles before moving on to the Jaguars for three years and has 111 catches for 1,151 yards and eight touchdowns in his career. He’d back up Rob Gronkowski with the Patriots, who recently released Scott Chandler.

19 responses to “James Starks, Benny Cunningham visit Patriots

  1. Starks is a good complementary piece. Not a feature back. Unfortunately, I think he’d do very well in New England.

    BB’s probably taking a look because Starks roasted NEs LBs in 2014 when they played GB.

  2. .
    The Patriots have no full time kickoff return man unless they bring back Blount which, at this point, seems highly unlikely.

    Cunningham, at 5′ 10″ and 217 may be a nice complement to the shifty Dion Lewis. He also has very low mileage for a 25 year old RB.

  3. Pats, PLEASE sign Starks! I cant wait for the Slackers terrible rungame to be exposed once they have to depend on Eddie Cheeseburger Lacy.

  4. I like starks. GB wasted his time. Anywhere he goes its an improvement. I mean being benched behind a fat ass eddy lacy who was 40 pounds over weight and your in condition and ready to play. Good luck Starks

  5. He’ll resign with GB unless they’ve pinpointed an RB in the draft for specific skills. He has no problem playing with Lacy – they describe themselves as brothers.

  6. James has that Packer Superbowl pedigree that commands such a premium price around the league. Even so, I imagine it will be tough to leave the epicenter of the NFL universe for the Johnny Come Lately group in New England.

  7. Always been a big fan is Starks. I thought he was the better compliment to what Green Bay does on offense than Lacy Solid in both aspects, running and catching. My only concern is his fumbling issues which every knows Belichick won’t tolerate for too long.

  8. He has a lot of playoff yardage and experience.
    He is a great all around back but is no longer an every down back.
    He still has good years left.

    He is exactly the role player that great teams like the Packers and Patriots have on their roster.

    I hope the Packers have not shut the door.

  9. If the Vikings really wanted to advance this coming year, they should stop with the Peterson experiment and sign this guy.

    If they do, Wide Left will no longer be in the Viking vernacular.

  10. Benny Cunningham is an underrated back. He will never be a star but he is a good player to have. He can catch the ball , run ,block and is a good special teams player. He would fit in with NE. Would be a good move for him if he wants a shot at winning.

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