A look at what to expect from Green Bay Packers tight end Robert Tonyan this season.
It was one of only a handful of catches Tonyan would have in the regular season, but it’s perhaps a sign of his potential.
What can we expect from Tonyan in 2019?
Tonyan started one game for the Packers, and he only had four receptions all season. One of them, however, was that incredible play against the Seattle Seahawks, a 54-yard touchdown.
While Tonyan may have only made sporadic appearances on offense, his special teams work was key, with the tight end playing on 40.55 percent of the team’s special teams snaps, according to Pro Football Reference.
Odds of making roster: 70 percent
Despite the depth chart being crowded at tight end, there’s a good chance the Packers keep Tonyan on the 53-man roster. They clearly like his potential. Unless the Packers add another tight end via free agency, which they did try to do by putting in a waiver claim for Jordan Leggett last week, there’s every chance they keep four tight ends again this year with Tonyan being the fourth.
Even if they do add a tight end, I still expect Tonyan to win a roster spot at training camp.
What to expect in 2019?
More of the same.
The majority of Tonyan’s work will likely come on special teams, but I’d like to see him get more opportunities as a receiving tight end this year. It’ll be tough to get snaps ahead of Jimmy Graham and third-round pick Jace Sternberger, but Tonyan showed last season he can add something to the offense as a pass catcher, so it’ll be interesting to see how Matt LaFleur plans to use him.
The 2020 season is more interesting for Tonyan. He may take on a limited role offensively again this year, but if he plays well, he could have an expanded role next season if the Packers decide to move on from Graham and Marcedes Lewis.
This is a big year for Tonyan.