It looks like James Starks has passed Alex Green on the Packers’ depth chart, but that doesn’t mean Green won’t get his opportunities.
Think back to when Ted Thompson drafted Green in the third round in 2011. Most people didn’t peg the Hawaii running back as a guy who’s going to carry the ball 25 times per game and rush for 1,600 yards. Obviously, that would be great if Green turned out to be that type of player, but coming from a shotgun-style offense at Hawaii, that wasn’t the expectation.
I think Thompson drafted Green to be the shot-in-the-arm back, the kind of back who plays on third down and has the speed and explosiveness to break off a long run or take a swing pass all the way when subbing for the starter.
That type of player is very valuable, and Green can still be that player this season.
We all saw James Starks show signs of life against the Cardinals. We also saw him fumble and screw up in pass protection a few times.
Yes, Green’s vision and patience leave a lot to be desired. He also doesn’t quite have the whole cutback concept figured out. But this is the kid’s first extensive playing time in the NFL, and he’s coming off major knee surgery.
He’s still going to get opportunities, and it wouldn’t surprise me if he turns into what Thompson expected when he drafted him.
Shotgun runs, screen passes, a dumpoff option for Aaron Rodgers. Green can excel in these areas. He’s also looked good in pass protection.
Green might have lost his starting job, but he can still provide a lot of value to the Packers down the stretch.——————
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