After Starks played a key role Sunday by rushing for 123 yards in Green Bay's 21-16 victory over Philadelphia in an NFC wild-card game, it would appear the committee approach has run its course.
Jackson and Kuhn still have a place in certain offensive packages, but McCarthy has found his 20-carry back.
And not a moment too soon, because the Packers (11-6) face the NFC's top-seeded team, the Atlanta Falcons (13-3), at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Georgia Dome.
"Well, he definitely deserves opportunity," McCarthy said at his news conference Monday. "He'll run the ball against Atlanta, if that's what you're asking me. Yeah, he's going to carry the ball in Atlanta. He earned that."
"We've known how good James was the first day he came in," said linebacker A.J. Hawk. "We weren't even wearing pads back in the spring and we knew he could do some great things."
The reporter Gary D’Amato speculates that the Packers have found their 20 carry back. While Starks looked good against the Eagles & we expect him to be heavily involved against Atlanta, let's not forget his 18 carry games against the 49ers earlier in the year, followed up by a 6 touch performance against the Lions.