Hope springs eternal in the offseason. As the memories of a season-ending defeat fade (albeit slowly), thoughts turn to next year. Often, those thoughts are largely centered around who, if anyone, could take a leap for the Packers next season.
Our first two entries in today’s links represent two sides of that same coin. Today, the Packers (and their fans) are looking to tight end Jace Sternberger to make big strides next year. But a year ago, paired for the first time with a run-focused head coach, people were asking the same thing of Aaron Jones.
Jones delivered in a big way. The returns may not be quite the same with Sternberger, but the hopes for development are no different. A year from now, who knows what we’ll be saying about the Packers’ second-year tight end?
Sternberger’s final stat line for 2019 was quite uninspiring, but the Packers showed a willingness to use him in a variety of ways, which could be foreshadowing big things to come.
Aaron Jones had a big leap in production in 2019 and is one of 32 players highlighted here as leveling up last season.
For all his productivity, Jones was relatively cheap — he was even paid less than his counterpart in the Packers backfield.
Speaking of hope, Mock Draft Szn brings a lot of it, realistic or otherwise. But hey! That’s part of the appeal.
Maybe the Packers will get lucky and the draft will break their way. But will they be as lucky as this woman from North Carolina?