Packers plan to stick with Alex Green at running back

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. "

Follow me on Twitter: @BradBiggs

Brad Biggs covers the Bears for the Chicago Tribune

Upcoming Games

Nov 29th, 1:00 PM

Carolina +3 -110

Minnesota -3 -110

@

Nov 29th, 1:00 PM

Tennessee +3 -120

Indianapolis -3 -120

@

Nov 29th, 1:00 PM

Arizona -2 -110

New England +2 -110

@

Nov 29th, 1:00 PM

Cleveland -7 -110

Jacksonville +7 -110

@

Nov 29th, 1:00 PM

Miami -6.5 -110

NY Jets +6.5 -110

@

Nov 29th, 1:00 PM

Las Vegas -3 +100

Atlanta +3 +100

@

Nov 29th, 1:00 PM

NY Giants -6 -110

Cincinnati +6 -110

@

Nov 29th, 1:00 PM

LA Chargers +4.5 -110

Buffalo -4.5 -110

@

Nov 29th, 4:05 PM

San Francisco +6.5 -110

LA Rams -6.5 -110

@

Nov 29th, 4:05 PM

New Orleans -6.5 -110

Denver +6.5 -110

@

Nov 29th, 4:25 PM

Kansas City -3.5 -110

Tampa Bay +3.5 -110

@

Nov 29th, 8:20 PM

Chicago +9.5 -110

Green Bay -9.5 -110

@

Nov 30th, 8:15 PM

Seattle -5.5 -110

Philadelphia +5.5 -110

@

Dec 1st, 8:00 PM

Baltimore +9 +103

Pittsburgh -9 +103

@

Dec 6th, 1:00 PM

Cleveland +4 -110

Tennessee -4 -110

@

Dec 6th, 1:00 PM

Indianapolis -3 -120

Houston +3 -120

@

Dec 6th, 1:00 PM

Detroit +5.5 -105

Chicago -5.5 -105

@

Dec 6th, 1:00 PM

Jacksonville +9.5 -115

Minnesota -9.5 -115

@

Dec 6th, 1:00 PM

Las Vegas -7.5 -110

NY Jets +7.5 -110

@

Dec 6th, 1:00 PM

New Orleans -3.5 -120

Atlanta +3.5 -120

@

Dec 6th, 1:00 PM

Washington +10.5 -110

Pittsburgh -10.5 -110

@

Dec 6th, 1:00 PM

Cincinnati +10.5 -110

Miami -10.5 -110

@

Dec 6th, 4:05 PM

NY Giants +7.5 -110

Seattle -7.5 -110

@

Dec 6th, 4:05 PM

LA Rams -1.5 -110

Arizona +1.5 -110

@

Dec 6th, 4:25 PM

New England +2.5 -110

LA Chargers -2.5 -110

@

Dec 6th, 4:25 PM

Philadelphia +7 -110

Green Bay -7 -110

@

Dec 6th, 8:20 PM

Denver +13 -110

Kansas City -13 -110

@