Five breakout Packers players from the 2020 season
By Cody Young
Bob Tonyan proved to be TE1 in 2020 and should be going forward
Breakout #1: Robert Tonyan
Closing out this list and breaking the theme of 2019 draft picks, there is no other person who broke out more than Robert Tonyan. The third-year tight end got a chance to prove himself this year and he did just that, running away with the starting TE spot from the get-go.
It’s been said many times that TE is one of the hardest positions to adjust to in the NFL and this was no different for “Big” Bob Tonyan, an undrafted free agent picked up by Detroit after the 2017 draft. He was quickly cut and was picked up by Green Bay for the 2018 season.
He has remained on the Packers since then and he quickly became a fan-favorite over the last few years. Tonyan is a great success story, a UDFA who got a little better each year before truly breaking out in 2020.
Tonyan was one of the best TE’s in the NFL this season and has finally given the Packers some stability at the position. He led all tight ends with 11 touchdowns and didn’t drop a single pass, according to Pro Football Reference.
Tonyan was one of the biggest snubs of the Pro Bowl but made himself a household name this season. He is a restricted free agent in 2021 which means the Packers can match any offer sheet given to the player. Green Bay has been allocating resources to the position recently but bringing back Tonyan should be a given.