Green Bay Packers get three key players back from injury

Green Bay Packers, Elgton JenkinsPackers08 17
Green Bay Packers, Elgton JenkinsPackers08 17 /

The Green Bay Packers have three key players back at practice.

The team announced this week that offensive lineman Elgton Jenkins, tight end Robert Tonyan, and wide receiver Christian Watson had all been activated from the physically unable to perform list.

It goes without saying that this is huge news for the Packers’ offense.

Jenkins is a Pro Bowl talent at all five offensive line positions. He will likely line up at tackle this season, but he can move inside if required. His return will make a significant difference for the Packers’ offensive line.

He missed most of last season due to a torn ACL, and Green Bay missed him.

Tonyan, too, is returning from a torn ACL.

He is Green Bay’s premier tight end and a key target for Aaron Rodgers in the passing game. Rodgers may need to lean on his talented tight end more frequently this season after losing Davante Adams.

Another player who can make a difference in Matt LaFleur’s offense is Watson, the Packers’ second-round pick.

Watson is the highest draft pick Green Bay has made at wide receiver in two decades.

Fourth-round pick Romeo Doubs has grabbed the headlines this summer, and understandably so, but Watson can also be a future star for the Packers.

It’s unlikely Jenkins or Tonyan will feature in Friday’s preseason contest against the New Orleans Saints. We could see Watson, though, if the Packers feel he is ready for game action.

The offense will face its challenges this season without Adams, and life hasn’t been easy on the practice field up against Joe Barry’s talented defense.

Returning this trio from injury will provide a much-needed spark.

Hopefully All-Pro left tackle David Bakhtiari won’t be far behind in his return from injury. Getting Bakhtiari and Jenkins back together would be huge for the offensive line.