While the Green Bay Packers released their first “depth chart” for 2017, the Wisconsin Badgers debate who’s the No. 1 running back on the roster. Of course, the depth charts released to the public don’t necessarily mean a whole lot.
For the Badgers, it appears running backs coach John Settle is leaning towards transfer Chris James as the starter. (Check it out at 247 Sports)
“Right now (James) probably gives us the best chance of going out and starting a game and being effective.”
James, a Pittsburgh transfer, sat out last season due to NCAA rules. In his first two seasons with the Panthers, James recorded 630 yards and four touchdowns on 190 carries.
Shaw carried the ball 88 times in 2016, rushing for 457 yards and six scores.
Settle said both running backs could split carries this season, similarly to the way James White and Melvin Gordon did in 2013 as the Badgers had options 1A and 1B rather than a go-to guy.
For the Packers, the “depth chart” is merely a reminder of who’s on the team. Mike McCarthy is quick to remind the media that his depth chart looks nothing like our depth chart. (But you can check out the Packers’ first 2017 version at Packers.com)
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