Packers: Predicting tight end depth chart in 2021 season

Green Bay Packers, Robert Tonyan (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
Green Bay Packers, Robert Tonyan (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images) /

There’s been a lot of change at the tight end position for the Green Bay Packers in recent years, but they finally have some continuity there entering 2021.

A key reason for that is the success of Robert Tonyan and Marcedes Lewis.

Tonyan had a breakout 2020 season, catching 11 touchdown passes, while Lewis has been an unsung hero ever since Matt LaFleur took over as head coach a couple of years ago.

Packers TE depth chart predictions in 2021

  1. Robert Tonyan
  2. Marcedes Lewis
  3. Josiah Deguara
  4. Jace Sternberger

No surprises at the top of the depth chart. Tonyan and Lewis shouldn’t really be one and two, but rather 1a and 1b. They have different roles to play in LaFleur’s offense. But I’ve gone with Tonyan at the top as he played more snaps than Lewis last season.

Many believed Jace Sternberger would be TE1 for the Packers last year but Tonyan was so good, the Packers had no choice but to keep giving him opportunities. Tonyan made 52 catches for 586 yards and 11 touchdowns.

Second-year Josiah Deguara will also be involved. He was a starter in his NFL debut last season, but missed most of the year with a torn ACL. He’ll line up at fullback a lot but can also contribute in the receiving game. Seeing how LaFleur gets the top three tight ends involved will be interesting.

Sternberger will miss the opening two games of the 2021 season due to suspension. When he returns, he’ll be hoping to make a bigger impact than last season when he had only 12 catches.

While Sternberger is out, Dominique Dafney could make the roster and compete for snaps. He played well when the Packers needed him late last season. One of his two catches was for a touchdown.

Overall, the Packers look to have good depth at tight end.