With Colby Parkinson (foot) still on short-term injured reserve, the Seahawks have added some potential competition for current No. 3 tight end Tyler Mabry. According to his agent, tight end Jace Sternberger has signed to the team's practice squad two days after being waived by the Packers.
Taken in the third round of the 2019 NFL Draft, the former Texas A&M standout recently served a two-game suspension for violating the NFL's policy on substances of abuse.
Best known for his receiving ability, Sternberger was rarely involved in Green Bay's passing attack. In 18 games, he recorded just 12 catches for 114 yards and one touchdown.
Beginning his collegiate career at Kansas, the 6-foot-4, 251-pound Sternberger became quite familiar with the transfer portal. First making his way to small school Northeastern Oklahoma A&M, he put up 336 yards and six touchdowns on 21 receptions as a junior. His efforts earned the attention of several Division I schools before he decided on Texas A&M, where he went on to blow expectations out of the water with a whopping 832 yards and 10 touchdowns.
Sternberger now joins basketball convert Michael Jacobson as the lone tight ends on Seattle's practice squad. Of course, the team still has to make a corresponding move to fit the Kingfisher, Oklahoma native in its 16-man player pool.
After he gets settled into his new digs, Sternberger could push for elevation to the 53-man roster on gamedays. He immediately becomes one of the more experienced players on the Seahawks' practice squad and gives the team solid depth to lean on if further injuries occur. With the upside he carries, he's an interesting flier for Seattle to take as it awaits Parkinson's return to action.