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It's been fun to watch James Starks' emergence as the Packers' tailback, and I'm fully supportive of using him extensively in the backfield despite his relative inexperience. But as a kickoff returner? I'm not so sure. I'm not as worried about exposure to injury as I am convinced that experience is more valuable as a kick returner than as a running back. Starks' fumble out of bounds in the second quarter was particularly worrisome. Given the issues the Packers have had on special teams this season, I would be awfully tempted to identify the most reliable, surest-handed returner and just stick him out there for the remainder of the playoffs -- regardless of his potential for a long return. Avoiding mistakes should be the key for the Packers' special-teams group at this point.