Packers Daily Links: Starks Receives Wake-Up Call

Running back James Starks has been better since a Week 3 performance against the Bears. That and more in today's Daily Links...

Interviewed on Thursday, running back James Starks said the Week 3 performance against the Chicago Bears, in which he had only 11 yards on five carries and a fumble, motivated him to do better. "It really helped me out, like, 'Wake up!'" Starks is quoted as saying by Paul Imig of Fox Sports Wisconsin. "'This isn't the same as last year. You've got to get better.' I remember how I felt coming off the Bears game. That basically just woke me up. I felt like I could've played better, so I felt like I let my team down." Now Starks is in the midst of becoming the Packers' feature back, even though Ryan Grant technically gets to start.

More on James Starks comes from the Green Bay Press-Gazette and Packer Report.

As for one of James Starks' backups, the Packers are looking for ways to get undrafted rookie Brandon Saine involved. "When Green got hurt, the coaches were looking for ways to get him the ball in specific situations, and now the same holds true for Saine," writes Tyler Dunne of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. "A more polished runner than Green, who played in a spread offense in college, Saine has very good hands and solid blocking ability, so he could see some time on third downs, possibly this Sunday against Tampa Bay." I personally see Green as more of a powerful back, a guy who could possibly take over for Ryan Grant next year. But Saine could be an effective third-down back if he can block.

Fullback John Kuhn is featured in an article by Ty Dunne as well. It describes how he went from heralded ball carrier a year ago to becoming more of a blocking fullback once again. "The showcase was fun, a thrill," writes Dunne. "Kuhn became a folk hero. Now, he's back at fullback. He's back to being a mostly anonymous piston in the Green Bay Packers' offensive juggernaut." That's not to say Kuhn hasn't gotten the occasional touch. He's scored a handful of touchdowns this year and converted some key first downs as well.

Wide receivers Greg Jennings and Jordy Nelson are on pace to each finish this season with at least 10 touchdown receptions. "Should they both get there, they’d become the first pair of Green Bay teammates with double-digit touchdown catches in the same season," writes Mike Spofford of the Packers official website. I wouldn't count out Jermichael Finley to get to 10 touchdown catches as well.

Rookie Randall Cobb talked about concentration as a means of eliminating fumbles from his game, an otherwise low to an exciting season. “It’s not my technique," Cobb is quoted as saying by Jason Wilde of "I catch the ball fine; I get off the spot fine. It’s looking to the return before I actually catch the ball. It’s something that I have to focus more on – and if that slows me down as far as getting off the spot, then that’s something I just have to take.” Of course, he also has to protect the ball after he catches it too, which was how a fumble occurred earlier this season.

Former Packer Tony Moll signed with the San Diego Chargers.

The Packers are paying volunteers to help clean up Lambeau Field today.

Matt Flynn is called next year's Kevin Kolb by Don Banks at Sports Illustrated.

Wide receiver Jordy Nelson reacts to the stories about race and playing wide receiver in a story at Fox Sports Wisconsin.

Kicker Mason Crosby talks about his field goal streak at the Press-Gazette.

Suspended Packer Johnny Jolly received a six-year prison sentencing. Reaction from general manager Ted Thompson appears at the Journal Sentinel and

Former Packers quarterback Bart Starr is interviewed for a column at the Press-Gazette.

The 2009 loss to the Buccaneers receives mention at JSOnline, and Packer Report (subscription required).

The Packer Insider section at JSOnline has columns on the running game and the offense (sub required).

The Florida media has articles on Aaron Rodgers.

The Packers will hold their Festival of Lights Saturday on the Bob Harlan Plaza.

The 49ers are providing a challenge to the Packers (sub required).

Fullback John Kuhn is interviewed at JSOnline.

The Packers didn't practice in pads on Thursday.

Can the Packers stay undefeated? USA Today weighs in.

Your laugh of the day. Aaron Rodgers is only less popular than Abraham Lincoln, Jesus and ourselves.

Video: Fans react to Johnny Jolly's prison sentencing...

Fans, drug experts react to Jolly sentence:

Brian Carriveau is the editor of the Maple Street Press Packers Annual. To contact Brian, email [email protected].

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keeley2's picture

November 18, 2011 at 08:52 am

Hmmm, the Packers are paying volunteers? So, are they being paid or are they volunteers? Oh, never mind. . .

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Brian Carriveau's picture

November 18, 2011 at 08:55 am

That actually went through my mind when I wrote that. Kind of an oxymoron. They're paying, but you have to volunteer to go.

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tony's picture

November 18, 2011 at 10:20 am

So sad for Johnny Jolly... but it's his own damn fault. Total waste of a talented individual.

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FITZCORE1252's EVO's picture

November 18, 2011 at 10:22 am

What did Abe Lincoln ever do that was so great? How many SuperBowl MVP's did he have again??? Stupid poll takers...


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