Jace Sternberger

Jace Sternberger

Tight End #81
Team: Green Bay Packers
Ht / Wt:6'4" / 251 lb.
College:Texas A&M
Drafted:2019 / Rd. 3 (75)
Draft Team:GB

Jace Sternberger: Chance to see expanded role

With Jimmy Graham having departed in free agency, Sternberger has an opportunity to see an expanded role in 2020, Zach Kruse of packerswire.usatoday.com reports.

Analysis: The report relays that the Packers have plans to use Sternberger "in the slot a lot" this coming season. Robert Tonyan could also see added opportunities in 2020, but Sternberger, who Green Bay selected 75th overall in last year's NFL Draft, is viewed by Larry McCarren of Packers.com as a player with the skills to move into a more prominent pass-catching role. Though the Texas A&M product didn't catch any regular-season passes in 2019, Sternberger did haul in three receptions for 15 yards and a TD in two playoff contests. Veteran Marcedes Lewis remains in Green Bay's tight end mix as well, but Sternberger's ability as a route-runner could help him emerge as a fantasy sleeper in his second campaign as a pro.

April 9, 2020 10:32 AM EST

Jace Sternberger: Ends season on high note

Sternberger appeared in six regular-season games during his rookie season and did not catch a pass while being targeted only once. He did tally three receptions for 15 yards and a touchdown over two postseason games, though.

Analysis: Sternberger got a late start to his career after missing the first eight games of the season with an ankle injury, and he played mostly a bit role after that. He did end the season on a high note personally though, working in an H-back role in the NFC Championship Game with fullback Danny Vitale (knee) out and finding paydirt while logging a season-high 28 snaps. Sternberger was a third-round pick last season, so while he was quiet as a rookie, he'll surely get more chances to contribute in his second season. He could even be in the mix for a starting spot should the Packers part ways with Jimmy Graham and/or Marcedes Lewis.

January 21, 2020 10:47 AM EST

Jace Sternberger: Healthy scratch Sunday

Sternberger (coach's decision) is officially inactive for Monday's game against Minnesota.

Analysis: The 23-year-old had suited up the past three games, playing 36 total snaps, but failed to haul in a pass. In Sternberger's stead, Jimmy Graham, Marcedes Lewis and Robert Tonyan will operate as the team's tight end for Week 16.

December 23, 2019 3:55 PM EST

Jace Sternberger: Still looking for first reception

Sternberger played 14 snaps but was not targeted in Sunday's victory over the Bears.

Analysis: Sternberger has now appeared in five games since being activated from injured reserve, but he is still looking for his first career reception. The most important thing pertaining to him from Sunday's game is for the first time he played the third-most snaps among Packers tight ends in a game four of them were active.

December 16, 2019 12:17 PM EST

Jace Sternberger: Targeted for first time

Sternberger was targeted for the first time in his career but did not catch a pass in Sunday's victory over Washington.

Analysis: Sternberger did not see a pass in his direction in the first three games he appeared in after spending Weeks 1-8 on injured reserve, but he finally had one thrown his way in Week 14. It nearly resulted in his first touchdown as the pass was thrown into the end zone, but he and quarterback Aaron Rodgers could not connect. Sternberger has a future with the Packers after being selected in the third round of this year's draft, but at the moment he slots in fourth on the depth chart.

December 9, 2019 10:42 AM EST

Jace Sternberger: Healthy scratch Sunday

Sternberger (coach's decision) is inactive for Sunday's game against the 49ers.

Analysis: With Robert Tonyan (hip) active for the first time since Week 5, Sternberger will watch this contest from the sidelines. The rookie third-rounder has played in two games since being activated from IR with an ankle injury, receiving no targets while logging a majority of his snaps on special teams.

November 24, 2019 3:59 PM EST

Jace Sternberger: Selected to return

The Packers have designated Sternberger (ankle) to return from IR, Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Sternberger will be eligible to practice this week, and he could return to action as soon as Week 9 against the Chargers. The rookie third-round pick is nursing an ankle injury sustained during Green Bay's final preseason game. The Packers are hoping Sternberger can make an immediate impact in their tight end room, which currently houses Jimmy Graham, Marcedes Lewis, Robert Tonyan (hip) and Evan Baylis.

October 16, 2019 2:46 PM EST

Jace Sternberger: Placed on IR

The Packers placed Sternberger (ankle) on injured reserve Tuesday, Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Sternberger sustained the ankle injury in Green Bay's preseason finale against Kansas City on Thursday. The rookie third-round pick was spotted around the locker room with a walking boot and didn't practice Monday or Tuesday. Sternberger's placement on injured reserve leaves Green Bay with three tight ends: Jimmy Graham, Marcedes Lewis and Robert Tonyan.

September 3, 2019 2:15 PM EST

Jace Sternberger: Sits out Monday

Sternberger (ankle) did not participate at Monday's practice, Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Sternberger cleared the concussion protocol in time for last Thursday's preseason finale, but he was held out due to the ankle issue. The rookie-third round pick indicated he expects to play in Thursday's season opener in Chicago, but he's starting off the week of practice as a non-participant.

September 2, 2019 12:29 PM EST

Jace Sternberger: Nursing ankle issue

Sternberger (concussion) was cleared to play in Thursday's preseason game against Kansas City, but he was forced to leave the contest due to an ankle injury, Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.

Analysis: After the contest, Sternberger stated that the ankle injury was nothing serious, though he wasn't cleared to return to Green Bay's last preseason matchup. The rookie tight end expects to be ready for Week 1 of the regular season.

August 29, 2019 9:02 PM EST

Jace Sternberger: Yet to clear protocol

Sternberger (concussion) has not cleared the concussion protocol Tuesday but is making progress, Ryan Wood of the Green Bay Press-Gazette reports.

Analysis: Sternberger is still working to clear the concussion protocol after suffering a head injury during joint practices with Houston prior to the Packers' first exhibition contest. He'll need to fully clear the protocol, including being approved for action by an independent neurologist, before taking the field for any preseason action.

August 20, 2019 10:53 AM EST

Jace Sternberger: Clears concussion protocol

Sternberger (concussion) cleared the concussion protocol Tuesday and returned to practice, Ryan Wood of the Green Bay Press-Gazette reports.

Analysis: Sternberger suffered a head injury prior to Green Bay's first preseason game during joint practices with the Texans, and now appears back to full health. Barring any setbacks, the rookie tight end looks ready to go for Thursday's exhibition contest against the Raiders.

August 20, 2019 10:01 AM EST

Jace Sternberger: Sitting out Thursday

Sternberger is missing Thursday's preseason contest in Baltimore due to a concussion, Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Sternberger picked up the injury during joint practices with the Texans prior to the Packers' first exhibition. Officially in the protocol for head injuries, he'll have to clear many steps before returning to the field, the final one in front of an independent neurologist.

August 15, 2019 4:29 PM EST

Jace Sternberger: Being tested for concussion

Sternberger is being evaluated for a concussion, Wes Hodkiewicz of the Packers' official site reports.

Analysis: Sternberger was originally cleared to return to practice Monday after taking a big hit from the Texans defensive back Lonnie Johnson, but now, with concussion-like symptoms surfacing, the Packers will hold the rookie tight end out of practice for now. If he does have a concussion, he will have to clear the NFL's protocol before returning to the field.

August 6, 2019 12:52 PM EST

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