Packers 2023 offseason position review: Tight ends

Green Bay Packers, Robert Tonyan (Photo by John Fisher/Getty Images)
Green Bay Packers, Robert Tonyan (Photo by John Fisher/Getty Images) /

Depending on how free agency goes, tight end could become one of the Green Bay Packers‘ biggest offseason needs.

You could argue it’s a position they need to strengthen anyway.

When was the last time the Packers had a game-changing tight end?

Tight end is next up in our Packers offseason positional review.

2022 season review

Robert Tonyan returned from a significant injury this season. However, he only started three games, his lowest total since 2019. He also played the lowest percentage of offensive snaps in games he was active for since 2019, according to Pro Football Reference.

Despite that, Tonyan still set a career-high in receptions with 53. His overall numbers weren’t as impressive, with 470 receiving yards and just two touchdowns.

Marcedes Lewis remained an important part of the Packers’ offense. He started all 17 games and continued his role as an excellent blocker.

He was less involved as a receiver with only six catches, although two of them were for touchdowns.

Lewis’ blocking is so important for the Packers, but the team may need to look for a pass-catching tight end in the offseason.

What’s next in 2023?

To make it even more complicated for Green Bay, both Tonyan and Lewis are free agents this offseason. Lewis will turn 39 in May, so it’s unclear whether he will continue to play next season or not.

The Packers are at a crossroads at tight end. If they plan to run it back and keep as many starters as possible, does that mean offering short-term deals to Tonyan and Lewis?

But what if both players are gone in 2023? The Packers would be left with Josiah Deguara as their top tight end.

The position could then become one of the team’s biggest needs ahead of free agency and the 2023 NFL Draft.

It’s set to be an interesting offseason for the Packers at tight end.