Green Bay Packers drop TE Jace Sternberger after suspension ends
According to Tom Pelissero of NFL Network, the Green Bay Packers are waiving 2019 third-round pick Jace Sternberger. Sternberger was suspended for the first two weeks of the season due to a violation of league substance abuse policy. In Sternberger’s own words, he described mixing alcohol and antidepressants in February 2020, which caused him to fall asleep while driving.
Between suspension, two concussions, an ankle injury and a stint on the reserve / COVID roster, Sternberger’s career start produced just 12 receptions, 114 receiving yards and one touchdown before he made it. is finally canceled. Hopefully Sternberger is able to work through the negatives early in his career and find a landing spot to showcase his talent, whether it’s on the Packers’ training squad or elsewhere.
Currently, Green Bay has four tight ends to lean on after this decision: Marcedes Lewis, Josiah Deguara, Dominique Dafney and Robert Tonyan. Lewis and Dafney block tight ends, with Dafney often playing a full-back role for the team. Tonyan and Deguara are the wide receivers, with Deguara sometimes playing in the backfield.
Deguara missed last week’s game against the Lions with a concussion suffered in Week 1 against the Saints, but the other three tight ends played at least 28 snaps per play last night. The only tight end on the Packers’ practice squad is defensive line convert Bronson Kaufusi, a 30-year-old blocker, who could leave open the possibility of Sternberger joining the practice squad as an option for detection of passes in the event of injury at the end of the season.
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel‘s Tom Silverstein notes that the Packers want to bring Sternberger back to their practice squad, if possible.
#Packers are going to make a big effort to get TE Jace Sternberger back to the practice squad if he clears the waivers, but chances are he’ll end up somewhere where he’s got the best chance of making a 53 roster. players. #Packers have four TEs that they really like.
– Tom Silverstein (@TomSilverstein) September 21, 2021