With Jimmy Graham in Chicago, Jace Sternberger ready for bigger role

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Packers tight end Jace Sternberger missed the first eight games of his rookie season on injured reserve with an ankle injury and played only six games. He didn’t make his first reception until the divisional round victory over the Seahawks.

The third-round choice caught his first touchdown in the NFC Championship Game.

“I just got the first one out of the way,” Sternberger told Matt Schneidman of TheAthletic.com. “I was more worried about, after I scored, ‘OK, we’re only down two possessions. We gotta go.’ It was onto the next one pretty quick. But it was definitely good momentum. I mean I practice to do those things at the same time, so this is what I signed up for. This is what I’m really trying to do. Not trying to be the too-cool-for-school guy, but definitely, I was happy it happened, glad I got it out of the way. It was good momentum for sure, but I’m all ready for this season.”

With Jimmy Graham now with the Bears, the expectation in Green Bay is the starting tight end job is Sternberger’s to lose. Marcedes Lewis and Robert Tonyan also are in the team’s tight ends room and expected to have roles.

“That’s one thing that we’ve all discussed, that I will have the opportunity for my role to be bigger,” Sternberger said. “It’s all how I handle it and what I can prove. It goes back to me and this opportunity. I’m just really excited about it, and I’m just definitely ready for it.”

19 responses to “With Jimmy Graham in Chicago, Jace Sternberger ready for bigger role

  1. Jace is a high quality individual and I look forward to seeing what he will do with this opportunity. I see nothing but positive things in Jace’s future.

    Matt LaFleur wears a big smile when he speaks about using Jace, Marcedes, and Josiah Deguara all at the same time to stress defenses.

    #GoPackGo!✊

  2. freefromwhatyouare says:
    May 12, 2020 at 4:19 pm

    Matt LaFleur wears a big smile when he speaks about using Jace, Marcedes, and Josiah Deguara all at the same time to stress defenses.
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    Do you remember last year when Viking fans were saying they would be running a lot of two- and three-tight end sets and you scoffed at the very notion of having more than one tight end on the field at the same time? Now you’re telling us these three guys (a 15-year veteran with 18 catches in two seasons with the Packers, a second-year guy whose only career reception was in garbage time, and an overdrafted rookie) are not only going to play together at the same time but that this combination will “stress defenses”?

  3. Lewis is a blocker who catches the ball because they don’t really think he will. Jace now has his opportunity. He is an unknown really.

  4. I do not think having those three guys on the field at the same time will stress defenses.
    However saying Sterberger’s “only career reception was in garbage time” is factually incorrect.

    Sterberger had as many postseason receptions last season as the incredible Irv Smith.

  5. Not trying to be the too-cool-for-school guy, but definitely, I was happy it happened, glad I got it out of the way. It was good momentum for sure
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    I am glad he is happy for HIS amazing accomplishment there. I wonder if he even realizes his team was already smushed and the game was basically already over?

  6. a second-year guy whose only career reception was in garbage time
    ——
    You should try reading the article more thoroughly before posting next time.

  7. Jace got off to a bad start. It started in training camp with the illegal hit that concussed him. Then the ankle injury in a preseason game. The kid has the tools. Let’s see if he can take advantage of the situation. I think he can.
    Tonyan is no slouch either. Velcro hands, and strong as a bull… but he was injured most of the 2019 season too. Bad hip. Lucky he didn’t dislocate it.

  8. Matt LaFleur on using TE Jace, TE Marcedes, and TE/FB/Hback Josiah all at the same time at times:

    “I love their versatility. We can be in the same personnel grouping and we can line them up on the line of scrimmage or in a wing alignment or in the backfield. The defense doesn’t know where they are going to be or what they are going to do. I think that adds stress on the defense.”

  9. “That’s one thing that we’ve all discussed, that I will have the opportunity for my role to be bigger,” Sternberger said.

    well it can’t really get much smaller, can it?

  10. Lipstick on a pig is pretty popular these days in the great dumpster fire known as green bay.

  11. Sternberger is a much different mold of tight end than Graham. Sternberger is almost a large receiver out there, and even at the height of Graham’s career, he was not a speed or route running threat. Graham was a “go up and get it” type of player, and at his size, he should have been. Sternberger is the opposite, but I think that’s what the Packers need-especially given that they did not take any receivers at all in the draft. If Sternberger pans out, he’ll give Rodgers a lot of help underneath and in the deep middle of the field, which is where a lot of third down yardage is to be gained. The Packers haven’t really a threat there that could press coverage since James Jones came back after his stint with the Raiders, so having a larger target with some athleticism will be good for them.

    Of course, Sternberger’s blocking does leave a lot to be desired, but that’s no change from what they had with Graham the last few years. Overall they’ll gain a lot of flexibility underneath in exchange for some rather minor loss in red zone capability from Graham to Sternberger, at a much cheaper cost as well.

  12. Lipstick on a pig is pretty popular these days in the great dumpster fire known as green bay.
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    We went from 6-9-1 to 13-3. We swept your team and the entire division, and finished the season with a deep playoff run. Meanwhile your team hasn’t done anything since Case Keenum left. But keep running that mouth.

  13. packertruth says:
    May 12, 2020 at 5:46 pm

    I do not think having those three guys on the field at the same time will stress defenses.
    However saying Sterberger’s “only career reception was in garbage time” is factually incorrect.

    Sterberger had as many postseason receptions last season as the incredible Irv Smith.
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    I apologize. I misread it. Somehow I missed that amazing 2-yard catch he had against Seattle.

    Nevertheless, I wouldn’t be comparing him to Irv Smith after he got shut out in his six regular season games.

  14. I apologize. I misread it. Somehow I missed that amazing 2-yard catch he had against Seattle.

    +++++

    You also missed his 3rd catch too. For the sake of accuracy.

  15. I think Viking Fan is forgetting LaFleur figured all the other coaches in the division out, then beat all of them twice each, and did it with an uncertain group of players most of whom he’d never seen before. As of right now, I’d say his track record of knowing what he wants is pretty dang good. Until otherwise………….

    Scoreboard.

  16. What must drive Matt LaFleur nuts is their success, or lack thereof, from big personnel. In this stretch, Green Bay ran 45 play-action snaps from 12 personnel with just 20 successful plays, a 44.4% success rate.

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