New Orleans Saints should take a flier on Jace Sternberger

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Tight end hasn’t been a strong position for the New Orleans Saints and someone like Jace Sternberger could make sense for this team. The Packers waived Sternberger after he served his two-game suspension and now he’ll make his way through waivers and hopefully, NOLA puts in a claim for the former Texas A&M tight end.

Sternberger, a former third-round pick by the Packers in 2019, didn’t live up to the bill in his first two years at the helm. He caught just 12 passes for 114 yards and a touchdown through 18 games (only starting one of those), which isn’t the kind of production Green Bay expected from him when they spent a third-round pick on the guy.

A large reason for Sternberger’s lack of production has been injuries and that’s why he’s someone worth looking into, especially for the Saints, who lack production at tight end.

Juwan Johnson has shown potential, totaling two touchdowns in Week 1 but he — much like everyone on the team — didn’t do much in Week 2. Adam Trautman has been a total bust to this point in his career. Nick Vannett is on IR and has never been a starting-caliber tight end.

New Orleans Saints have nothing to lose by targeting Jace Sternberger

Things didn’t work out for Sternberger in Green Bay but a change of scenery could do him well. Sean Payton would love to have a 6’4″ tight end on his offense.

Maybe Sternberger gets to New Orleans and fails to do much of anything. At least the team could say they tried to improve the position rather than just sitting back and letting it continue to be a weaker spot on the team.

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There’s intrigue with Sternberger for what he was able to do at Texas A&M in 2018 (48 receptions for 832 yards and 10 touchdowns) and there’s no reason he can’t be that same guy again. Injuries have derailed his career to this point but the Saints might as well take a gamble on the guy.