Packers 2021 post-draft position review: Tight ends

Green Bay Packers, Robert Tonyan (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)
Green Bay Packers, Robert Tonyan (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images) /

For once, the Green Bay Packers didn’t need to draft a tight end in the third round.

Robert Tonyan’s breakout season and re-signing Marcedes Lewis helps, and the Packers will also be hoping for big things from Jace Sternberger and Josiah Deguara, both third-round picks over the past three draft classes.

Green Bay has improved at wide receiver this offseason, but what about at tight end?

Currently on the roster

Robert Tonyan, Marcedes Lewis, Jace Sternberger, Josiah Deguara, Dominique Dafney, Bronson Kaufusi, Isaac Nauta

Offseason moves

The Packers used a second-round tender on restricted free agent Robert Tonyan, highlighting just what an important player he is to this offense. The team also re-signed Marcedes Lewis, a smart decision as Lewis has been an unsung hero over the past couple of seasons.

Improved from 2020?

In terms of adding new players, no. The Packers’ top four tight ends from last season all return. However, Josiah Deguara missed most of his rookie season with a torn ACL so his return should help the offense improve. The Packers will also be hoping Jace Sternberger can make a jump in year three.

Key player

Robert Tonyan.

Tonyan is the reason why tight end wasn’t a position of need this offseason. He stepped into a featured role last season and caught 52 passes for 586 yards and 11 touchdowns. Without Tonyan, the Packers don’t have a great receiving option at the tight end position.

Position outlook

Overall, there’s a lot to like about this tight end group. Tonyan proved himself as a reliable pass-catcher who doesn’t make many mistakes, and he’s also excellent in the red zone. Lewis is a great blocker and helps set up so many big plays for this offense.

If Sternberger can take a step forward and contribute more this year, it will be huge for the Packers’ passing game.

Deguara offers versatility and we saw a glimpse of this before he got injured last season. Matt LaFleur will use him all over the field. He can block and he can catch passes. His return shouldn’t be overlooked.