Alex Green remains the starting running back for the Green Bay Packers but coach Mike McCarthy said James Starks will get more reps during practice this week.
Green struggled in Sunday’s win over the Jacksonville Jaguars at Lambeau Field. He gained only 54 yards on 22 carries in the 24-15 victory and his long run was just seven yards.
“He's seen the film and I think the corrections for a young player will definitely be applied as we move forward,” McCarthy said, according to Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. “James will probably be given more opportunities as we go through the week, but there are a number of different factors that are involved with that and the biggest one is Alex Green has earned these opportunities.”
Starks got only seven snaps against the Jaguars. But it is unlikely general manager Ted Thompson will make a move for a marquee running back before the trading deadline. The Packers need more production out of their ground game with Cedric Benson sidelined.
“When the run-blocking unit gives the back the opportunity to be one-on-one with the safety, those are the type of runs you look for,” McCarthy said. “Frankly, right now, we have to do a better job of making the 2- and 3-yard runs hard 4- and 5-yard runs. That's a common theme in our offensive meetings the last couple weeks. “
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