Packers: Five players to watch vs. Broncos in Week 3

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Green Bay Packers, Robert Tonyan
SEATTLE, WA – NOVEMBER 15: Robert Tonyan #85 of the Green Bay Packers celebrates a second quarter touchdown against the Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field on November 15, 2018 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images) /

3. Robert Tonyan

The Packers’ tight ends had zero receptions against the Vikings in Week 2. After a good showing against the Bears, Jimmy Graham was nowhere to be seen in the passing game. Well, let me rephrase that, he was asked to block a Pro Bowl pass rusher in the passing game. That’s not Jimmy’s game. Graham isn’t the best blocker, but he does try.

Marcedes Lewis is the best blocker of the group but doesn’t offer much in the passing game. This is where Robert Tonyan comes in. He’s not yet a finished product as a tight end, but he might be the most complete tight end the Packers have currently on the roster.

All three have a role to play if this offense wants to get out of neutral. If the Packers keep assigning specific roles to the players, it will be easier to defend as the offense will be showing their cards with the player package. If Tonyan can step up and become the most complete package, the Packers will be able to keep teams guessing.

The team definitely cannot put Graham in position to have to block an All-Pro caliber pass rusher and expect to keep Aaron Rodgers upright.