Pro Football Focus predicts Chandon Sullivan and Jace Sternberger will be starters for the Green Bay Packers in 2020.
Now that most of the Packers‘ offseason work is complete, we can look ahead to how the roster and starting lineup could look when the 2020 season gets underway.
Ben Linsey of Pro Football Focus has done just that, projecting every team’s starting lineup for 2020. There aren’t too many surprises for the Packers as the starting lineup looks about as we’d expect, although there were a couple of notable names.
One was cornerback Chandon Sullivan, who could step into Tramon Williams’ role as the starting slot corner. As Linsey notes in the article, Sullivan currently looks like the best option to replace Williams should the Packers decide not to re-sign the veteran corner.
Sullivan played all 16 games for the Packers last season but didn’t start any. He played well and showed his potential, making six pass defenses and an interception, which came against the Dallas Cowboys.
The other interesting name projected to start is second-year tight end Jace Sternberger.
This one shouldn’t be all that surprising with Jimmy Graham gone as the Packers are left with Sternberger, Marcedes Lewis, Robert Tonyan, and rookie Josiah Deguara.
Sternberger feels like the obvious choice to step into the starting role, but this is no guarantee for a player who has just 60 offensive regular-season snaps to his name. Sternberger missed half of his rookie season due to injury and it’s also common for first-year tight ends to make a slow start.
But with Graham gone and Sternberger being a third-round selection, the Packers look to have put their confidence in him and as the article suggests, he should be considered the frontrunner to start at tight end in Week 1.
Interestingly, Linsey also predicts that second-year defensive tackle Kingsley Keke will start, as will free-agent addition, wide receiver Devin Funchess.