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Pack bring couple of WNY’ers with them

Posted by Chris Brown on December 13, 2014 – 10:26 am

The Green Bay Packers have a pair of Western New York natives on their roster, so the two will be coming back home for Sunday’s game.

RB James Starks, who played his college ball at UB, will be back playing against the team he watched growing up. So will OL J.C. Tretter, who hails from Akron, NY. Packers head coach Mike McCarthy had nothing but good things to say about both players.

“James has been a great representative,” said McCarthy of Starks. “He represents our program very well. He’s been an excellent Green Bay Packer. I go back to his first year, 2010, he had the hamstring injury, missed all of camp, was put on PUP and came off it and was a huge part of our run to the Super Bowl. He’s the same James Starks as I’m sure you guys remember. He’s smiling every day. Tremendous work ethic. He’s really in the groove right now and I thought he played his best game as a Green Bay Packer last week. … He’s been given more opportunites but I thought he played extremely well against Atlanta.”

As for Tretter, McCarthy appreciates the Cornell grad’s versatility.

“JC’s doing great. He’s a great fit for us,” said McCarthy. “Pretty much can play all five positions. That’s obviously rare as an offensive lineman. Very pleased what he’s done. He’s had two unfortunate injuries that have kind of held him back as far as opportunties. But JC is a very good young player.”

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Pack’s Lacy is probable

Posted by Chris Brown on December 12, 2014 – 1:51 pm






Packers RB Eddie Lacy (hip) was limited in practice for much of the week, but he’s listed as probable. It’s possible that Lacy will share more of the load with fellow RB and UB product James Starks knowing his hip ailment has been a persistent one, but it appears he’ll be ready for Sunday’s game. Here is the rest of the Green Bay injury report from Friday.

CB Davon House – shoulder
LB Jamari Lattimore – ankle

DT Bruce Gaston – illness
RB Eddie Lacy – hip
G T.J. Lang – ankle
G Josh Sitton – toe
LB Nick Perry – shoulder

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UB’s Starks goes right after Bills pick

Posted by Chris Brown on April 24, 2010 – 1:43 pm

One draft pick after Buffalo’s second sixth-round selection, UB RB James Starks went to the Packers at 193rd overall.

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RB Starks to work out for Pats

Posted by Chris Brown on March 9, 2010 – 3:48 pm

UB RB James Starks has a few private workouts lined up with a couple of NFL teams, including one with a Bills division rival.

Starks confirmed in an interview with that he will work out for the Patriots on March 12.

“I have a couple of workouts coming up,” said Starks. “I think I’m going to be working out for the Patriots on Friday. I have a couple of more set up later in the month, but I don’t really know what time yet.”

Starks had a good showing at the NFL combine where a lot of his numbers were ranked among the top seven or eight running backs. The Patriots like to have backs that are multi-faceted and Starks who has back-to-back 1,100-yard rushing seasons also has over 100 receptions in his three-year college career.

He’s seen as a mid-round pick.

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Starks 40 time

Posted by Chris Brown on February 28, 2010 – 2:36 pm

UB running back James Starks just ran his two 40-yard dashes here at the NFL Combine.

The best time from his two runs was a 4.5.

Starks was hoping to run in the 4.3s. The Niagara Falls product is considered a mid-round pick.

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Starks looking to run fast time

Posted by Chris Brown on February 27, 2010 – 6:00 am

UB RB James Starks is 100 healthy as he’s fully recovered from shoulder surgery that cost him his senior season.

When asked what he expects to run, Starks set the bar high, or in this case low.

“I’m hoping to run 4.3,” said Starks who will work out fully.

If Starks runs anything under 4.4 he’s going to move up on draft boards pretty quickly. After missing his senior season because of a shoulder injury that required surgery, he’s healthy and eager to make the most of his combine workout.

“It’s just an honor,” he said. “God blessed me with an opportunity like this, not to play my whole senior year, and (still) be able to come out here and compete with the best athletes in the nation is an honor.”

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WR Mike Williams throwing partner

Posted by Chris Brown on February 26, 2010 – 4:02 pm

Buffalo native and former Syracuse WR Mike Williams spoke to the media here at the NFL Combine this afternoon. He’s working out down at API Performance in Pensacola, Florida. And another Combine invitee is throwing to him as he works on his route running down there.

“We have me and Dan LeFevour,” Williams said. “We’ve been out there throwing a lot. Sam Bradford is out there too, but he’s not really throwing like that. Basically it’s been Dan LeFevour.”

Williams, who was dismissed from the Syracuse program, stated that he explained to all the teams he’s interviewed with just what the circumstances were at Syracuse, but would not get into it with the media, saying only the following.

“I didn’t quit,” he said. “I just want everybody to know I didn’t quit.”

We’ll have more on the Buffalo native and former Riverside high school star as well as Niagara Falls native and UB RB James Starks, in our day two coverage of the NFL Combine later today in Bills Roundup.

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UB’s Starks to work out fully

Posted by Chris Brown on February 23, 2010 – 2:48 pm

University at Buffalo RB James Starks, who has been invited to the NFL Combine, confirmed that he will be participating fully in the workout drills in Indy later this week.

“I’m trying to go there and show that I’m 100 percent and that my shoulder is strong and I’m willing to do anything and show scouts I’m ready to play at the next level and that nothing is holding me back,” Starks told  

After back-to-back 1,000-yard rushing seasons, Starks’ senior season was wiped out by a shoulder injury suffered last August. Starks also has receiving ability as evidenced by his 52 receptions as a junior.

Starks said he anticipates that he’ll weigh in around 223 to 225 pounds as he’s added about 6-8 pounds of muscle. He also said he hopes to run in the 4.4s.

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