Tuesday, September 30, 2014, 8:26pm
It was the second time in four games this season that Starks failed to carry the ball.
"James Starks should touch the football every single game," McCarthy said Tuesday. "That will not happen again."
Expect Starks to have some kind of role in Thursday's game against the Minnesota Vikings. Considering he has averaged 5.0 yards per carry on his limited (15) attempts this season, perhaps that could jump-start a running game that has sputtered through the first four games. Lacy did score a TD last week but carried 17 times for only 48 yards. His schedule starts to ease a little so now looks to be the time for Lacy to step up.
The Minnesota Vikings have not committed to Teddy Bridgewater playing at Green Bay on his sprained left ankle. Two days after his injury, however, the quarterback is ''doing much better,'' according to coach Mike Zimmer.
Zimmer said Bridgewater's participation in practice Tuesday would be more mental than physical. The team planned to have Bridgewater try running on the ankle he hurt against Atlanta in his first career start. Bridgewater said he had yet throw the football.
The Packers have said they're preparing for Bridgewater to play Thursday.
Zimmer said he doesn't have doubt about Bridgewater's availability, but he also said he's taking the rookie's status ''one day at a time.''
It sounds like Bridgewater will be ready to play but will he be prepared is another story. The rookie would be making just his second start, coming off an ankle injury on a short week no less.
Bridgewater sprained the ankle during Minnesota's 41-28 victory over Atlanta on Sunday. Bridgewater had a stellar first start, throwing for 317 yards and rushing for a touchdown. He was complimented on offense by running backs Matt Asiata and Jerick McKinnon, who gashed the Falcons repeatedly.
Vikings coach Mike Zimmer addressed reporters about Bridgewater's MRI and said that there's a chance he could be ready for Thursday night's game against Green Bay.
After the game, Bridgewater claimed he'd be fine and ready to go for Thursday night against the Packers. He looked good against a poor Atlanta defense in Week 4, but the Pack present a much tougher challenge in Week 5. Bridgewater could make for a decent QB2 option this week if he's in the lineup. Reports say he did not practice Monday with Christian Ponder getting the first team reps.
Vikings RB Matt Asiata is listed as the No. 2 running back on the depth chart behind Adrian Peterson, but his grip on the main job may be loosening after rookie Jerick McKinnon exploded for 135 rushing yards in his fourth career game.
Asiata (44) and McKinnon (32) swapped series, with the rookie outgaining Asiata 152-100 in total yards.
This was all against the struggling Falcons defense so it's probably best to wait and see how snaps shake out against a better defense. And we'll find out quickly as the Vikings play Thursday night against the Packers. Still, McKinnon is worth adding in any format if he's still on your wire.
He walked off under his own power but was carted to the locker room for X-rays.
Bridgewater tells NFL Media's Omar Ruiz that his ankle injury "is just a sprain." The rookie signal-caller says he will be fine and expects to play Thursday against the Packers.
Bridgewater looked impressive in the win over Atlanta but the Falcon defense has made many look impressive this year. While Bridgewater said he expects the play, it would be hard to take his word right now, especially with a quick-turnaround, Week 5 game Thursday night. Bridgewater is worth owning, but if he plays against the Packers Thursday night it will be a big test on the road, and owners should probably temper expectations for another performance like Week 4. Christian Ponder would get the start if Bridgewater can't go.
Friday, September 26, 2014, 6:33pm
Packers WR Jarrett Boykin (knee, questionable) missed practice Friday after taking full reps Thursday and is questionable for Week 4. Boykin will be a game-time decision for an early game against the Bears. He is trying to hold off Davante Adams, who will see starter’s snaps in Week 4 if Boykin can’t play.
Friday, September 26, 2014, 6:33pm
Bears WR Brandon Marshall (ankle, questionable) missed practice all week and is questionable for Week 4. Marshall has frustrated owners by blowing up as a surprise active in Week 2 and flopping in an expected start in Week 3. The ankle is obviously still bothering him, but we’d be surprised if he missed a key divisional matchup against the Packers. The Bears play early on Sunday.
Thursday, September 25, 2014, 6:48pm
Packers WR Jarrett Boykin (knee) took full practice reps again Thursday. This is a new injury for Boykin, who is trying to hold off Davante Adams. The rookie may see more snaps in Week 4, but it looks like Boykin is trending the right way.
Thursday, September 25, 2014, 6:48pm
Bears WR Brandon Marshall (ankle) missed practice again Thursday. Marshall has killed most of his owners by blowing up as a surprise active in Week 2 and flopping in an expected start in Week 3. The ankle is obviously still bothering him, but we’d be surprised if he missed a key divisional matchup against the Packers.
Wednesday, September 24, 2014, 7:09pm
Tuesday, September 23, 2014, 6:07pm
Even if he did not win the starting job, Bostick had put himself in position to play a major role in an offense that thrives when it has an athletic player who can operate down the seam like Finley did before his neck injury last season.
So why hasn't Bostick played a single snap on offense yet when he seemingly offers an antidote to the ills of the Packers' passing game?
The leg injury he sustained Aug. 16 kept him out through Week 1 of the regular season, but that is no longer an issue. Bostick has taken his full workload on special teams in each of the last two games, and special-teams coach Shawn Slocum said there's nothing wrong with the way Bostick has run down the field on the coverage teams.
Packers offensive coordinator Tom Clements made it sound Monday that Bostick's practice habits also have not warranted playing time. When asked whether Bostick can elevate his play to match what it was in training camp, Clements said: "Sure, he can. It's just a matter of being consistent and getting back into the groove." The Packers could use him and right now is a sleeper candidate, especially in deeper leagues as roster sports are getting more valuable during the start of bye weeks. He's at least a player to monitor.
A sophomore slump is in effect. Through three games, running back Eddie Lacy is averaging only 3.1 yards per carry. He has been overwhelmed thus far, not overpowering.
So Monday, with that 19-7 loss to Detroit still stinging, coach Mike McCarthy challenged the 2013 offensive rookie of the year.
"Eddie needs to play better," McCarthy said. "I don't correct individuals in the media. We've seen the film, corrections have been made, our running game wasn't nearly what it needed to be. Not even close."
Lacy had multiple opportunities to reach the second level in the Packers' 19-7 loss at Detroit, yet finished with only 36 yards on 11 uneventful carries. Five of his 11 attempts netted zero or negative yardage. One key second and 1 on the Packers' last offensive gasp, Lacy bounced a run wide with a lane wide open on the left side and was taken down for a loss of four yards.
This season Lacy has arguably been the team's biggest disappointment, the story points out. There was so much hype leading into the season and Lacy was taken in many fantasy drafts as a mid-to-late first rounder. McCarthy added the run game is nowhere near what their plan was for it at the beginning of the season. OC Tom Clements addressed some missed blocks, however, the story also pointed out that RB2 James Starks was effective, burning the Lions for 4.8 yards per carry on his eight attempts. Asked if he considered sticking with Starks after his success, McCarthy he'd "go with the flow of the game." It very well be a motivational tool to get Lacy going, but if owners can grab Starks it may not be a bad idea.
Chicago Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall returned to the game after injuring his right ankle in the second quarter against the New York Jets on Monday night. Held without a catch at the time of the injury, he made one catch for six yards in the fourth quarter.
The Bears initially said Marshall, who was questionable for the game with the ankle ailing, was probable to return but then downgraded him to questionable. The star receiver headed to the locker room midway through the quarter, but was back at the start of the second half. He caught a 12-yard touchdown pass on the Bears' opening possession, but the play was negated by a penalty.
It was probably a bit of a surprise he returned to the game, but it's obviously good news he did even if he was unproductive in terms of fantasy points. His status for Week 4 is in question, as it has been the past two weeks. Hopefully for owners his return to the game means he'll play in Week 4. The good news is it's an early game against the Packers, so owners will know his status about an hour before kickoff. We'll continue to keep you updated.
Saturday, September 20, 2014, 9:34am
Jets beat writer Rich Cimini answered a question TE Jace Amaro getting more work in the near future.
RichCimini: Thought he'd be more of a factor last week, figuring the wide receivers would have a tough time against the Green Bay Packers' cornerbacks, who are pretty good. Jace Amaro was prominent in the game plan, but he ended up with only one target. Clearly, the Jets have to diversify the passing attack, and that could happen Monday night, especially with Eric Decker (hamstring) a question mark. Amaro has played only 30 percent of the offensive snaps. There could be two reasons for that: He still doesn't know the offense and/or Marty Mornhinweg still is trying to find a niche for him.
Owners are probably going to have to watch a big game for Amaro either on the wire or on their bench before he's safe to put in fantasy lineups. But it sounds like he may be worth a stash if you can afford a roster spot for a second TE. His bust out day could be coming soon...
Thursday, September 18, 2014, 6:30pm
Jets WR Eric Decker (hamstring) missed practice Thursday. Decker is supposedly on track to play Monday night, but we’re considering him questionable since he was unable to finish Week 2’s game against the Packers.
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