Grant and Starks: Looking At The 2011 Backfield

ARLINGTON TX - FEBRUARY 06: James Starks #44 of the Green Bay Packers runs for 8 yards against the Pittsburgh Steelers during the first quarter of Super Bowl XLV at Cowboys Stadium on February 6 2011 in Arlington Texas. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

I was on yesterday with the WISE Guys at ESPN Radio in Asheville, NC to talk about the Green Bay Packers needs in the upcoming draft. We talked about Temple's DT Mohammad Wilkerson, but we also discussed the running back situation. I did drop Illinois RB Mikel LeShoure's name, just as I did in a post last week

But I didn't talk about LeShoure for long. With the return of RB Ryan Grant, and the emergence of RB James Starks who earned the trust of the coaches down the stretch, they seem set at running back. Kevin Seifert had a chance to speak with Mike McCarthy on Monday, and he confirmed that:

McCarthy said Grant looked "great" and "light" the last time he saw him before the lockout, and said: "I look at him to make a full recovery." 

McCarthy added: "James is still a young player. Trust me, I'm very excited about James. There's no question the impact he made on our football team."

And an underrated part of Starks's game: 81 postseason carries without a fumble. And two games against two of the top six teams at forcing fumbles during the regular season: the Bears and Steelers.

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