9. Tight end
It’s hard to feel too comfortable about the Packers’ tight end situation when it seems like the team isn’t. Brian Gutekunst has made a number of changes at the position, even after the draft in April. In the past month, Green Bay has put in an unsuccessful waiver claim on Jordan Leggett, a successful claim to bring in Pharoah McKever, and they also signed and then released Michael Roberts.
This hardly inspires confidence.
And perhaps that’s for good reason. Jimmy Graham didn’t play well in his first season with the Packers, and he’ll turn 33 in November. Rookie Jace Sternberger could develop into an excellent pass-catching tight end in Matt LaFleur’s offense, but that may take some time. Blocking also remains a concern for the Packers at TE outside of Marcedes Lewis.
What is the team’s plan at tight end? Will they keep four TEs on the final roster in a couple of months?
There’s a chance Graham bounces back, Sternberger and Lewis play significant snaps and Robert Tonyan also contributes this year. But if the offseason moves made following the draft are anything to go by, it sure seems like the team isn’t convinced.
All eyes will be on the Packers’ tight ends when training camp begins.