The Packers drafted Jace Sternberger in the third round of the 2019 NFL draft. Although he didn’t play much his rookie year he did get an opportunity to learn from two veteran tight ends. With Jimmy Graham now in Chicago, Sternberger looks to be the most likely to step in to be the receiving threat at tight end.
Jace Sternberger is a young, athletic light in the Packers tight end room that has struggled over the years. Needless to say, there’s a good deal of pressure on him to perform and bring glory back to the position in Green Bay. The Packers had hoped Jimmy Graham would be that guy, but unfortunately he did not live up to the hype. The last productive tight end in Green Bay was Jermichael Finley with 700+ yards and eight touchdowns.
I expect Sternberger to have a solid season. With Marcedes Lewis as the primary blocking tight end, Jace should see plenty off opportunities to make plays. His athleticism allows him to line up like a traditional tight end, as well as in the slot. The coaching staff has also not withheld their praise of the second year tight end. I expect his stats to be along the lines of 600 yards and four touchdowns. Although these numbers are not insane, they would be a great complement to what Davante Adams will do this year. Having a core receiving duo of tight end and receiver isn’t unheard of or even the worst. Look no further than Kelce and Hill in Kansas City.
I’m not saying Sternberger is as good as a great like Kelce. Simply that having a tight end as your number two target can be a productive option.