Packers: Five players key to victory in Week 4 vs. Falcons

Green Bay Packers, Aaron Rodgers (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)
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Green Bay Packers, Robert Tonyan
Green Bay Packers, Robert Tonyan (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images) /

1. Robert Tonyan

The Packers’ tight ends stepped up in a big way Sunday night against the Saints. The group combined for over 100 yards and two scores, giving the Packers production the team hasn’t seen in a couple years.

There isn’t a headliner in the group but is has plenty of talent.

Robert Tonyan has flashed his potential for the better part of two seasons now and is showing this season he has a lot to offer.

At 6-feet-5, and running a reported 4.58 seconds in the 40-yard dash, Tonyan has the attributes that makes personnel scouts drool. It now seems that talent and skill are starting to merge together.

As a former wide receiver at Indiana State, Tonyan has natural ability as a receiver. The question was how long it would take him to learn a new position to be successful.

Tonyan has two straight games with a touchdown and with Lazard out this week, the team may need him to step up in a bigger capacity.

The Falcons have the players that could shut down Tonyan.

Deion Jones was made for stopping the modern tight end and is probably the best player on the Falcons defense at the moment.

Head coach Matt LaFleur has shown he is more than capable of scheming open players and shouldn’t have a problem finding mismatches for Rodgers and Tonyan to take advantage of.

Last year when injuries struck, it was Lazard who took advantage of his opportunities to cement his place on the team. Tonyan has the tools to be the one this year.