Packers: 5 things to watch in preseason opener against Titans

GREEN BAY, WI - DECEMBER 03: Brett Hundley
GREEN BAY, WI - DECEMBER 03: Brett Hundley /
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5. How tight ends fit into Packers offense

Brian Gutekunst made a couple of important signings at tight end this offseason, bringing in veterans Jimmy Graham and Marcedes Lewis after letting Richard Rodgers walk in free agency.

Graham and Lewis have spent plenty of the time on the practice field working with Aaron Rodgers, but they will now get an opportunity to get some game time against another team (even if only for a series or two).

How will the two new tight ends fit into Green Bay’s offense?

Just as many expected, it sure seems like Graham is going to be a dominant red-zone target. Wes Hodkiewicz of tweeted about how efficient the Rodgers-to-Graham combination was in the red zone at Saturday evening’s Family Night Scrimmage.

This shouldn’t come as much of a surprise. We’re talking about arguably the league’s most efficient red-zone passer and one of the top receivers inside the 20. In 2016, Rodgers’ last healthy season, he threw an unmatchable 33 touchdowns with zero interceptions in the red zone. Graham, meanwhile, is coming off a league-high 10 touchdowns in the red zone.

The expectation is that Lewis was signed primarily for his blocking, while also offering another big target for Rodgers, particularly in the red zone.

We’ll get a better idea of their role in the team during preseason.