Green Bay Packers 2020 roster preview: Jace Sternberger

Green Bay Packers, Jace Sternberger (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)
Green Bay Packers, Jace Sternberger (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images) /

Will Jace Sternberger have a breakout season in 2020?

When the Green Bay Packers used a third-round pick on Jace Sternberger last year, it was a clear indication he was drafted to be the future starter at tight end.

With Jimmy Graham now gone, will Sternberger get the opportunity to take over as the starter for the Packers?

Sternberger is a breakout candidate for the Packers this season.

2019 stats

Sternberger featured in six games during the regular season, playing on just six percent of the snaps, according to Pro Football Reference. He went without a catch in the regular season but contributed in the playoffs with three receptions for 15 yards and a touchdown.

2019 review

Sternberger suffered an ankle injury in Green Bay’s final preseason game and he went on injured reserve as a result. He missed out on crucial game time in the first half of the season but was able to return to play six games in the regular season.

While he didn’t make a regular-season catch, he did get open on a few occasions and could’ve had some big plays had Aaron Rodgers thrown his way. That’s a good sign for his future in this offense.

Sternberger did improve as the season went on and made a few catches in the playoffs, including his first NFL touchdown against the San Francisco 49ers.

Odds of making roster: 100 percent

With Graham now playing for the Chicago Bears, this is Sternberger’s job to lose. A third-round pick just over a year ago, Sternberger will be given an opportunity to play a big part in Matt LaFleur’s offense.

What to expect in 2020?

Sternberger is a breakout candidate this season. He could take a big step up from year one to two and he has the potential to become an excellent receiving tight end in the NFL. Had he been a part of this year’s draft class, it’s fair to say he’d have been the best tight end available.

Now with some NFL experience, familiarity with LaFleur’s scheme, and valuable snaps with Aaron Rodgers, Sternberger should improve this season if he stays healthy.

Outside of veteran Marcedes Lewis, this is a young tight end group for the Packers.

Sternberger has the potential to become a key part of this offense. This season, he’ll be given the opportunity to prove it.