Packers 53-man roster predictions after first week of training camp

GREEN BAY, WI - SEPTEMBER 28: Jamaal Williams
GREEN BAY, WI - SEPTEMBER 28: Jamaal Williams /
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Green Bay Packers tight end Jimmy Graham
SEATTLE, WA – DECEMBER 31: Tight end Jimmy Graham /

Tight ends (3)

Jimmy Graham, Marcedes Lewis, Lance Kendricks

The Packers have plenty of experience at tight end. Jimmy Graham is 31 years old, Marcedes Lewis 34 and Lance Kendricks 30.

The two newest signings, Graham and Lewis, are in line to become key contributors on offense. Graham is effectively a wide receiver, and is particularly tough to cover in the red zone. Lewis was signed primarily for his excellent work as a blocker, but the six-foot-six tight end is also a useful receiver.

According to Michael Cohen of The Athletic, Graham is already adjusting well to life in Green Bay’s offense.

And the positive tweets have been coming in all week.

Even at 31, Graham can give the Packers’ offense something it has lacked for a number of years. Aaron Rodgers hasn’t had a big-time target at tight end since Jermichael Finley suffered a career-ending injury in 2013.

Both Graham and Lewis will make Green Bay’s offense even stronger in the red zone. Davante Adams is already tough to defend inside the 20-yard line — he caught seven red-zone touchdowns in 2017. Graham had 10 touchdowns in the red zone last year, and Lewis had four.

With Adams, Graham and Lewis all on the field, the Packers will be tough to stop in the red zone.