Third-year tight end Jace Sternberger won’t make the Packers’ initial 53-man roster as he will be suspended for the opening two regular-season games. So this question is pushed two weeks down the line. Will the Packers find room for Sternberger once his suspension is up, or is his time in Green Bay set to end?
The former third-round pick struggled in his first two seasons with the Packers and hasn’t yet made a significant impact this summer.
In two preseason games, Sternberger has caught five passes for 40 yards and a touchdown. He has had two plays of note — a 34-yard catch from Jordan Love in the opener, and his touchdown catch last week. Outside of that, Sternberger hasn’t made many plays.
It’s year three for Sternberger. It can take a few seasons for tight ends to develop, but this is the time for the former third-round pick.
The Packers have Robert Tonyan, Marcedes Lewis, and Josiah Deguara all under contract this season. They will be the team’s top three at tight end, with all three playing different roles. There’s room for another pass-catching tight end to get snaps on offense.
Will that be Sternberger this season? Only time will tell.