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Alex Green: Breaking Down RB's Role in Packers Offense with Cedric Benson out

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - OCTOBER 07:  Alex Green #20 of the Green Bay Packers runs with the ball during the NFL game against the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium on October 7, 2012 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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Brandon AlisogluCorrespondent IOctober 8, 2012

Cedric Benson's injury muddles the Green Bay Packers' backfield, which will certainly frustrate fantasy football owners looking for a replacement. The short answer is that there is no good answer.

So where should the Packers, and ultimately you, turn? Let's take a look at the options.

 

Alex Green

Alex Green's stat line from his appearance last week leaves everyone believing that he is going to explode given the opportunity. However, a closer examination reveals that he is likely fool's gold.

He carried the ball nine times and gained an impressive 55 yards. That averages out to 6.1 yards per carry.

Doesn't matter. 

You must take into account that Green grabbed 41 yards on one carry. It's true that running backs usually toil away with short gainers until they break a big one, but that's for teams that stick to the running game and have elite running backs.

The Packers don't fit either description. So even if the Packers decide to go with Green as the main back, he won't be given the opportunities needed to get things going.

Furthermore, there is another obstacle in Green's way.

 

James Starks

Starks has a couple of advantages over the younger Green.

First, he has been in Green Bay longer and proven himself during the 2010 Super Bowl run. He was instrumental in their success, so they know he has it in him.

Furthermore, Starks began the preseason listed as the starting running back for Green Bay. Green was on the roster at that time. Green had only been on the active roster over Starks because Starks has been dealing with a turf toe injury. 

As for the recent healthy scratches for Starks, that likely has more to do with his lack of special teams contributions

 

Verdict

I wouldn't trust either player to have too much of an impact going forward. 

Green has been on the roster for two years and had twice as many carries in one game as he did in his entire tenure. 

As for Starks, he hasn't really been much of a threat since 2010. He might still be capable, but it's been awhile since he's shown it.

Quite frankly, you're better off with Green Bay's fourth wide receiver.

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