5 reasons why Packers will win NFC North in 2020

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Green Bay Packers, Darnell Savage
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3. A step-up from second-year players

The Packers’ offseason hasn’t been given too much praise this year, but last season’s additions will go a long way to determining whether this team gets better or worse in 2020.

We’ve already discussed a potential second-year jump from Rashan Gary and what that would mean for the pass rush, but there are a few other breakout candidates from Green Bay’s 2019 draft class.

The Packers’ second pick of the first round was Darnell Savage. He made a fast start to his NFL career last season, earning selection to the PFWA All-Rookie Team. Savage started every game he played, missing a couple of games due to injury. It was notable how much the Packers missed him while he was out, another sign of how important he was in the secondary. Savage could develop into one of the best safeties in the league.

Elgton Jenkins also made the PFWA All-Rookie Team after an absolutely dominant season at left guard. The sky is the limit for Jenkins who can become a regular part of the Pro Bowl and All-Pro teams in the near future.

Jace Sternberger is also set for a big role as he replaces Jimmy Graham as the starting tight end. Highly-rated coming out of college, we could see a second-year jump from the former third-round pick.

Savage, Jenkins, and Sternberger can all make huge impacts for the Packers in 2020.