TE Paul Coffman (1978-1985)
When thinking of the best tight ends in Packer history, the conversation has to start with Paul Coffman.
Many will remember Mark Chumura and Keith Jackson and their more recent success, but Coffman was truly the first great Packers tight end of the passing era.
Sadly for Coffman, he was stuck on may terrible Packers teams of the early 80s. Although he would be a part of the same prolific offenses of James Lofton.
Coffman is also one of the many undrafted success stories the Packers have. Coming out of Kansas State in 1978, Coffman would sign with the Packers and spend that first year riding the bench not catching a single pass and playing a lot of special teams.
Coffman would then explode onto the scene in his sophomore campaign with 56 receptions for 711 yards which was the Packers’ season record for a tight end.
During his eight-year career with the Packers, Coffman would have 322 receptions for 4,223 yards and 39 touchdowns. All of which still makes him the all-time leader for a tight end on the Packers.
Also like Lofton, Coffman would only play in one playoff game in Green Bay. But he made it a memorable one, catching nine passes for 111 yards in the losing effort.
Those 80s Packer teams had some amazing offensive talent. If only the team was able to put together a competitive defense, we might not be saying this about Coffman or Lofton.