Mike McCarthy Thinks Alex Green Can Handle Full Workload For Packers

Packers' McCarthy: "I have no reason to think (Alex Green) can't carry a full load"

10/16/12 in NFL   |   Matthew_Shovlin   |   735 respect

Blog Photo - Mike McCarthy Thinks Alex Green Can Handle Full Workload For PackersThe Green Bay Packers organization was thrilled about the addition of running back Cedric Benson in the offseason, confident that he could add a dynamic to their offense that they were missing last year. Unfortunately, Benson suffered a foot injury and will be sidelined until at least Week 14. In Benson's absence, someone would need to step up and take over in the backfield - the leading candidates were Alex Green and former playoff sensation James Starks.

Packers' head coach Mike McCarthy stated after Benson's injury that he had "no time for competition," and that the team would simply "take the hot hand." Alex Green got the first crack at filling in for Benson, having to prove his value against the Texans' 7th ranked run defense. Once Green took his first handoff, he never looked back, immediately gaining the confidence of McCarthy and the rest of the coaching staff.

"Alex Green will be our lead running back," McCarthy said on Monday. "I see the games as we move forward reflecting the game we just played." That's great news for Green, who had 22 carries compared to five for James Starks - all of which came in garbage time - and two for John Kuhn.

Green is returning from a torn ACL that he suffered in Week 7 of the 2011 season, but he proved on Sunday night that a heavy workload would not be an issue for his surgically repaired knee. "I have no reason to think that he can't carry a full load," McCarthy said. "He hasn't had any flare-ups or any setbacks. That's a good sign."

Green seems poised for a ton of touches with the backing of McCarthy and the coaching staff having a documented history of frustration with James Starks. He'll likely be of about the same value in fantasy leagues that Cedric Benson was before getting hurt. That being said, he should be owned in all fantasy leagues.
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