Packers Snap Counts: Starks effective in limited action

Green Bay Packers running back James Starks averaged 4.71 yards per carry in a loss to the Tennessee Titans.

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The Green Bay Packers finally have a healthy running back, but after falling into an early hole against the Tennessee Titans, they weren’t able to capitalize on James Starks’ return from a knee injury.

Starks was effective in limited action, averaging 4.71 yards per carry, while receiver/running back Ty Montgomery, who has filled in as the Packers’ lead back in his absence, was an afterthought once again.

On the other side of the ball the Packers struggled to contain quarterback Marcus Mariota and the Tennessee Titans’ offense.

They surrendered a 75-yard rushing touchdown to DeMarco Murray on the Titans’ first play from scrimmage, allowed two passing touchdowns and lost two players to injury, all in the first quarter.

In the end, left tackle David Bakhtiari joined the injury report in the third quarter and the Titans tacked on three more touchdowns on a dismal day for the Packers.

GAME 9: TITANS (OFFENSE)

PLAYER PLAYS (78) %
Bulaga 78 100%
Taylor 78 100%
Linsley 78 100%
Barclay 74 95%
Adams 74 95%
A. Rodgers 74 95%
Nelson 73 94%
R. Rodgers 65 83%
Starks 55 71%
Bakhtiari 54 69%
Cobb 54 69%
Spriggs 24 31%
Montgomery 22 28%
Allison 18 23%
Perillo 14 18%
Janis 10 13%
Davis 5 6%
Hundley 4 5%
Lang 4 5%

GAME 9: TITANS (DEFENSE)

PLAYER PLAYS (60) %
Clinton-Dix 60 100%
Thomas 60 100%
Burnett 57 95%
Gunter 54 90%
Hyde 53 88%
Martinez 44 73%
Jones 39 65%
Perry 39 65%
Rollins 33 55%
Daniels 32 53%
Fackrell 29 48%
Goodson 27 45%
Elliott 22 37%
Clark 22 37%
Guion 22 37%
Brice 21 35%
Peppers 19 32%
Pennel 19 32%
Lowry 5 8%
Evans 2 3%

— Starks didn’t appear to be on a pitch count despite logging just seven carries. He out-snapped Montgomery 55 to 22, while the Packers were forced to abandon the run early after falling behind 21-0 in the first quarter.

— After looking like a regular for much of the season, wide receiver Jeff Janis saw his usage drop to its lowest point since Week 5. He was held without a catch.

— Head coach Mike McCarthy said there wouldn’t be any limits on wide receiver Randall Cobb’s usage against Tennessee. His playing time doubled this week despite his recent hamstring injury.

— Linebacker Jake Ryan actually took the field on special teams, but was injured before the Titans’ first drive.

— It was a similar story for guard T.J. Lang, who went down with an apparent ankle injury on the first play of the Packers’ second drive.