The Green Bay Packers’ special teams largely have been in flux for a long time. Last year it was the return game that was a mess, and that area was not much better the year before. There were new punters each year from 2016 through 2018, plus a revolving door of long snappers in 2017 before a new one arrived in 2018. Only the kicker has remained consistent, with Mason Crosby holding down the fort there and finally crossing the 90 percent threshold on field goals for the first time in 2019.
But as the Packers head into 2020, there are established players at all four key specialist spots, something coordinator Shawn Mennenga must be thrilled to see. Tyler Ervin brought a jolt to the return game late last season after he was picked up on waivers, and he is sure to be the guy there once again this season. The punting and long snapping jobs are secure as well, as the Packers look for more consistency out of JK Scott.
Meanwhile, the team will be looking for a big breakout from second-year tight end Jace Sternberger, and can find some hope that he will repeat a bit of history from about a decade ago.
Find all that and more in today’s curds here.
Quartet of specialists provides stability for Packers | Packers.com
The Packers have a grizzled old veteran, two draft picks each entering their third year, and an dynamic journeyman who is finally settling in as the key special teams players. Having some continuity at all four positions is a luxury this team has not had in a long, long time.
Can Jace Sternberger make a Jermichael Finley-like jump in 2020? | Packers Wire
A little over a decade ago, the Packers saw a second-year tight end out of a top college program in the Lone Star State explode for a big season. Here's hoping history repeats itself in 2020.
Breaking Down the Packers Backfield | Packer Report
Aaron Jones will and probably should be the primary back on the first two downs, with the author of this piece arguing that he should be split out wide on third downs. Meanwhile, veteran Jamaal Williams should be the third-down back in passing situations, with rookie AJ Dillon as a short-yardage specialist. Agree or disagree?
Too Often, They Dropped the Ball | SI.com
The Packers' receivers weren't the worst group in the league when it came to drops a year ago, but they were in the bottom third. Geronimo Allison's departure and Equanimeous St. Brown's (hopeful) return should help significantly, but the rest of the returning players still need to avoid mistakes better than they did a year ago.
Teens return stolen baby goats, agree to do farm chores as punishment - mlive.com
Here's a follow-up to a story in yesterday's Curds. The teenage hooligans who stole the goats from a family farm's petting zoo have returned them after getting busted when the farm's social media post went viral. Now they get to do menial labor as penance for being jerks.