It appeared that when the Packers selected running back James Starks out of Buffalo in the fifth round of this year's draft, that the Packers had selected their number three running back as well as a possible running back of the future. However, Starks has landed on the PUP list with a hamstring injury, and may be a candidate for being placed on injured reserve.
In his place, Quinn Porter, a little known undrafted free agent out of Stillman College has been impressive in training camp, and his performance has caught the eye of Mike McCarthy who has singled out his play thus far.
In the end Porter's pre-season performance may end up meaning nothing. Last year Tyrell Sutton was impressive in the pre-season, but ended up not making the roster and being claimed by the Carolina Panthers. In 2008 running back Kregg Lumpkin opened a lot of eyes in preseason, but ended up spending most of the season on injured reserve and all of 2009 on the practice squad.
If Starks can't get healthy soon, Lumpkin and Porter should see a lot of playing time this preseason.