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Could James Starks Be a Good Fit for New York Giants’ Running Back Rotation?

February 20th, 2014 at 9:00 AM
By Billy Javed

Earlier in the week, rumors suggested that the New York Giants had been eyeing Denver Broncos running back Knowshon Moreno as free agency quickly approaches. While Eli Manning could probably swindle Peyton Manning into putting in a good word for the team, Moreno is just one of many options that the Giants may look into during free agency.

Rumors have also suggested that Green Bay Packers running back James Starks could be another veteran option at running back. Assuming such rumors are true, Starks and Moreno do share a similar aggressive running style, one that may very well be what the Giants are looking for in their backfield. The 27-year-old Starks would be a cheaper option relative to Moreno and has the potential to be both a workhorse or a rotational back to share carries with David Wilson and Andre Brown.

Starks, like Moreno also has a connection to New York as he played with new Giants offensive coordinator, Ben McAdoo during their time together with the Green Bay Packers. McAdoo may very well see big potential for the familiar face in his new offense. Starks is coming off his best season in a backup role to offensive rookie of the year Eddie Lacy. While filling for an injured Lacy, Starks was able to keep the running game productive for the Packers with some tough running. Starks finished with 493 yards on 89 carries for an average of 5.5 yards per carry, while also managing three touchdowns. In 322 attempts over 35 games for his career, Starks has lost one fumble.

Again, this is merely speculation, but it wouldn’t be entirely shocking if the Giants chose to go with Starks if they deem Moreno too pricey. Entering his fifth season, Starks still has plenty of tread on his tires and could certainly get a look with Ben McAdoo behind the wheel of the Giants offense.

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7 Responses to “Could James Starks Be a Good Fit for New York Giants’ Running Back Rotation?”

  1.  kujo says:

    Truth be told, when compared to the “report” that we would go “hard” after Knoshown Moreno if he shook loose, this is the far more likely scenario–we take a good-not-great running back off the free agency heap and, combined with a moderate draft pick, hedge our bets on both Brown and Wilson. I’d imagine they try to bring Hillis back into camp, too.

  2.  BillyS says:

    As long as he came cheap then I’d be alright with it (assuming David Wilson continues to get healthy). We’ll still need to draft someone for depth/insurance, but this would give us some wiggle room. Starks isn’t great by any means, but he’s solid. I don’t seen Brown coming back because the guy literally cannot stay healthy. I know Starks isn’t an iron man by any means, but he also doesn’t constantly tear his knee/break his legs the way Brown does. Plus he should be cheaper. So I’m alright with this — especially if it means we pass on Moreno! There’s no way that guy is going to be worth the $$ he wants.

  3.  Krow says:

    I’m shocked and dismayed to see a reasonable option discussed here. As an antidote I would like to propose a trade … Hakeem Nicks and the Saints #1 pick for Adrien Peterson.

    •  BillyS says:

      Dude, at least try to be a little serious. We can’t just give the Saints’ #1 pick flat out for Petersen. The only way it’ll happen is if the Vikings agree to swap #1′s. Nicks + Saints #1 for Petersen + Vikings #1. There…now there’s a slight chance JR would do that trade. Maybe.

  4.  BillyS says:

    I’m pretty sure I was joking as well since a.) everyone and their mother remembers the Shockey/1st round pick thing, b.) the trade scenario was basically the same 1 he mentioned, but with a little more “realistic” twist in it. Geez guys.

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