Packers: 10 players who need to step up in 2020 season

Green Bay Packers, Marquez Valdes-Scantling (Photo by Richard Rodriguez/Getty Images)
Green Bay Packers, Marquez Valdes-Scantling (Photo by Richard Rodriguez/Getty Images) /
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Green Bay Packers, Jace Sternberger
Green Bay Packers, Jace Sternberger (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images) /

2. Marquez Valdes-Scantling

Marquez Valdes-Scantling entered the 2019 season with high expectations. With the speed to become a deep threat in this offense, the hope was for MVS to win the number two job at wide receiver and give defenses something else to think about.

But after a solid start to the season, Valdes-Scantling barely made a catch in the second half of the year. At times, it was clear MVS and Aaron Rodgers simply weren’t on the same page. This is correctable and if they can improve this connection, Valdes-Scantling could make a huge difference for this offense.

The lack of investment at wide receiver shows confidence in the young receivers. But perhaps no receiver outside of Davante Adams has the potential to make game-changing plays like MVS. If he can make a similar third-year jump as Adams, there will no longer be any concerns about the receiver corps.

1. Jace Sternberger

With Jimmy Graham no longer on the team, a huge opportunity awaits second-year Jace Sternberger, who the Packers drafted for this moment.

On paper, Green Bay’s tight end group doesn’t look all that exciting. But a lot of that comes down to unproven talent such as Sternberger, Big Bob Tonyan, and rookie Josiah Deguara. Historically, tight ends take some time to develop, and Sternberger wasn’t helped by a preseason injury that cost him half the regular season.

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The Packers believed Sternberger could be a difference-maker when they selected him in the third round a year ago. Fully healthy and with NFL experience under his belt, a breakout season for Sternberger would help take this offense to another level.