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James Starks To Visit The Pittsburgh Steelers

Kevin C. Cox

According to NBC Sports James Starks, a free agent at Green Bay  will visit the Pittsburgh Steelers on Monday. This comes the same week that Pittsburgh tail backs Jonathan Dwyer, Felix Jones, and La’Rod Stephens-Howling all became free agents.

Through four seasons, Starks has never rushed for more than 578 in any one year, but has been the most consistantly productive back in the pass heavy Green Bay offense. He first emerged as the starter during the postseason of his rookie year, starting four games and racking up 315 yards in a sixth-seed run that culminated in a Super Bowl win over the Steelers.

That post season Starks led the NFL with 315 rushing yards on 81 carries (3.9 avg.) in the playoffs. His post season numbers were the third-highest ever postseason total by a rookie behind only Smith (342 in ’87) and Lewis (338 in 00').

Before the NFL James Starks played in college with his home town Buffalo Bulls. He finished his career as the University’s all-time leader in rushing yards (3,140), rushing touchdowns (34) and points scored (222) despite only playing three seasons.

Starks has shown flashes of being an NFL starting caliber back but has struggled with injury during his time with the Packers. With the Steelers needing halfbacks in a big way Starks may have a shot at the starting job.