Packers TE Sternberger has Big 3rd Season Ahead

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Jan 19, 2020; Santa Clara, California, USA; Green Bay Packers tight end Jace Sternberger (87) scores a touchdown against the San Francisco 49ers during the second half in the NFC Championship Game at Levi's Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

Packers TE Jace Sternberger is going into his 3rd NFL season in 2021 and the upcoming year could determine whether the 24 year old sticks around in Green Bay long-term or will be heading elsewhere. The 2019, 3rd round draft selection from Texas A&M has had an underwhelming couple of seasons with the Packers, due to injuries, lack of production and other players stepping up at the TE position.

Former Packers Head Coach Mike McCarthy often said that the biggest jump players take isn’t from Year 1 to Year 2 but rather Year 2 to Year 3, which is right where Sternberger is at. A good example of a player that made this leap just last year was TE Robert Tonyan, who clearly became a better, more polished and confident football player from 2019 to 2020. Tonyan went from 4 catches in 2018, to 10 catches in 2019 to 52 catches and 11 touchdowns in 2020. Perhaps Sternberger is getting ready for his breakout campaign.

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