After going with a youth movement at running back for the entire offseason, the Packers caved earlier this month and signed veteran running back Cedric Benson after injury prone youngster James Starks suffered a turf toe injury, on top of a rough Training Camp and preseason, that threatened his availability for the regular season. As could be expected, the Packers are likely to start Benson at running back week 1, according to a report from the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, which calls him the “probable” week 1 starter.
Starks, an injury prone player dating back to his days at the University of Buffalo, is highly questionable for the regular season opener and may even be on the roster bubble, while Alex Green, a 2011 3rd round pick who carried the ball just 3 times last season before an ACL tear, will probably only be a change of pace and 3rd down back. In that role, he should compliment Benson well.
Even though they lack running back talent, the Packers have a good offensive line and a great passing game so all the backs will really need to do is protect the football and run through holes. Benson should be able to do that. The passing game and offensive line will make them look better than they are and then they’ll do the rest on what figures to once again be one of the most explosive offenses in the league.
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