To say the least, it was a disappointing season for running back James Starks.
He went into training camp as the No. 1 halfback. He ended it riding the bench, primarily because of injuries that interrupted his season on multiple occasions.
Starks, who has gained a reputation for being injury prone, talked about wanting to improve during the Packersí final locker room session of the season on Sunday.
ďIt is frustrating, but it makes you better at the same time,Ē said Starks of his numerous injuries. ďBasically going through this all the time you learn how much you love football and what you need to do better. It makes you stronger, you learn from every mistake. I had a lot of mistakes, a lot of little mishaps and stuff like that. Each year I get better. I get smarter reading holes. When Iím just on the field I see holes faster. I can explode and take my time with something. Itís just all coming to me.Ē
In limited action Starks rushed for 255 yards on 71 rushes this season.
When asked to assess his season, Starks said: ďIt is disappointing, but at the same time, I knew who I was and I know who I can be. Though people may doubt everything because of what Iíve done and what Iíve been through. I know one person in this world, God, has always got my back.Ē
Starks is looking toward the future with anticipation.
ďIím going to come back way better,Ē he said. ďI know I am. Thatís just my goal, thatís my mentality this whole offseason. Iím going to be the best back to come out here and just play, play, play. Iím going to be one of the best backs to come off an injury and be healthy. Thatís my goal.Ē