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Cheese Curds, 6/15: Packers fans await Sternberger’s promised breakout season

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The second-year tight end is feeling good about taking a huge step forward in 2020.

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When the Green Bay Packers eventually take the field again, the tight end position will look different than it has over the past few years, at least at the top of the depth chart. Gone is Jimmy Graham — with fans largely bidding him good riddance — and in steps second-year pro Jace Sternberger.

A player with only one regular season pass target and no receptions to his name would ordinarily generate far less fanfare than the former Texas A&M product is creating this offseason. But when one reads his explanations why he’s ready for a bigger role, one can be forgiven for getting excited about him.

It’s his outlook, his approach to dealing with multiple serious injuries last year. It’s his willingness to soak up information and guidance like a sponge. And it is certainly his athletic abilities as well. All of those facets combine to form an impressive young man who should be a big part of the Packers’ offense in 2020.

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Sternberger went through a tough rookie year, playing only a deep reserve role in a handful of games after multiple injuries. But from day one, he had it in his mind that year two would be his time to take over. Now he has continuity through an offseason for the first time since high school -- he never had the same coaching staff in place two years in a row before -- and he feels ready to take hold of the starting job.

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