Robert Tonyan Jr.

Robert Tonyan Jr.

Wide Receiver #49
Team: Green Bay Packers
Ht / Wt:6'5" / 236 lb.
College:Indiana State
Age:26
Born:April 30, 1994
Drafted:2017 / UDFA

Robert Tonyan Jr.: Limited opportunity

Tonyan recorded two receptions on two targets for 32 yards in Week 7 against the Texans.

Analysis: Davante Adams dominated targets, vacuuming 16 of Aaron Rodgers' 34 pass attempts. That left limited volume for the rest of the Packers' pass-catchers, including Tonyan. On the positive side, Tonyan did convert both of his targets into receptions to maintain strong efficiency. However, having seen no more than six targets in any contest this season, it's difficult to rely on Tonyan for consistent production moving forward. He and the Packers will draw a matchup in Week 8 against the Vikings.

October 25, 2020 6:57 PM EST

Robert Tonyan Jr.: Clear to play Sunday

Tonyan (ankle) is listed as active Sunday in Houston.

Analysis: After tending to a right ankle injury during last Sunday's loss at Tampa Bay, Tonyan didn't practice Wednesday or Thursday, but his ability to practice in a limited capacity Friday opened the door for him to suit up this weekend. Indeed, the Packers kept Tonyan off the inactive list, allowing him the opportunity to log his usual offensive snap share of 60-70 percent.

October 25, 2020 8:34 AM EST

Robert Tonyan Jr.: Expected to play in Week 7

Tonyan (ankle) is expected to play Sunday against the Texans, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: The tight end was held out of practice both Wednesday and Thursday, but returned to a limited session Friday. Confirmation of his Week 7 status will arrive when the Packers release their inactive list before Sunday's 1:00 ET kickoff, but at this stage it appears as though Tonyan will suit up versus Houston.

October 25, 2020 4:26 AM EST

Robert Tonyan Jr.: Questionable to face Houston

Tonyan (ankle) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game in Houston, Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Tonyan was held out of practice Wednesday and Thursday but returned to limited participation Friday. He managed to play through the ankle injury for most of last week's loss to Tampa Bay, so it would seem he has a pretty good chance to suit up this coming Sunday. If not, the Packers could turn to Jace Sternberger as the top receiving threat at tight end, with Marcedes Lewis also a candidate to pick up some extra snaps and maybe a few targets. A 1:00 p.m. ET kickoff means the Packers will release their inactive list around 11:30 a.m.

October 23, 2020 12:58 PM EST

Robert Tonyan Jr.: Works on side Thursday

Tonyan (ankle) didn't practice Thursday, but he did work without pads and with a trainer on the side, Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Tonyan seemed to favor his right leg and even left Sunday's loss at Tampa Bay for a spell, but he ended Week 6 with multiple catches (three) for the fourth consecutive contest. While he hasn't joined his teammates in drills this week, he ability to get in some work indicates he may be able to gut out his ankle injury this weekend. Friday's practice report may give a sense of Tonyan's ability to play Sunday in Houston.

October 22, 2020 11:30 AM EST

Robert Tonyan Jr.: Misses Wednesday's practice

Tonyan (ankle) did not practice Wednesday.

Analysis: Tonyan's ankle injury briefly forced him out of Week 6's loss to the Buccaneers, during which he caught three of four targets for 25 yards, but he did manage to return to the contest. That seems to bode well for the starting tight end's chances of suiting up in Houston on Sunday, though he'll likely need to upgrade to at least limited practice activity before being cleared to go.

October 21, 2020 2:24 PM EST

Robert Tonyan Jr.: Quiet in Week 6

Tonyan was targeted four times and caught three passes for 25 yards in Sunday's loss to the Buccaneers.

Analysis: Tonyan briefly left Sunday's game in the second quarter after tweaking his right leg, but he returned to the contest and caught a couple passes afterward, so the injury should not threaten his availability moving forward. It may have slowed him down some, but not as much as a Buccaneers defense that put the clamps on the Packers' offense for much of Sunday's contest. While Tonyan had his least-productive game of the season, he still wound up playing 16 more snaps than any of the Packers' other tight ends, and he remains the clear starter heading into the team's Week 7 matchup with the Texans.

October 19, 2020 10:20 AM EST

Robert Tonyan Jr.: Catches three touchdowns

Tonyan caught all six of his targets for 98 yards and three touchdowns in Monday night's 30-16 win over the Falcons.

Analysis: Tonyan entered Monday having scored in back-to-back games, but his three-touchdown tally was still certainly a surprise. After going for a 27-yard gain on Green Bay's second offensive play, Tonyan's next catch was a 19-yard touchdown ahead of the two-minute warning. The tight end then struck again before halftime, hauling in an eight-yarder to extend the Packers' lead. To complete his hat-trick of touchdowns, Tonyan got up after being pulled down during his route to score from 21 yards midway through the third. Despite being relatively unknown, the 26-year-old had been gaining traction with quarterback Aaron Rodgers lately, and with top wideouts Davante Adams (hamstring) and Allen Lazard (abdomen) both sidelined Monday, Tonyan picked up the slack in a big way. Of course, it's likely Adams will return following Green Bay's Week 5 bye and not every opponent will resemble Atlanta's injured and ineffective outfit, but given his steady growth and spectacular showing, Tonyan could be an important option in an exciting offense, making him worth attention going forward.

October 5, 2020 9:25 PM EST

Robert Tonyan Jr.: 5-50-1 in win

Tonyan secured all five of his targets for 50 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 37-30 win over the Saints.

Analysis: Tonyan stuck as the top tight end option in Green Bay, seeing the field for nearly two-thirds of the team's offensive snaps for the third straight contest. The undrafted product of Indiana State saw his usage in the passing game increase for the third consecutive game as well, culminating in a career-best 50 receiving yards while finding the end zone for the second time in as many weeks. Tonyan is quietly making some noise in fantasy circles, as any starter playing alongside this rejuvenated version of Aaron Rodgers should garner attention. The 26-year-old shouldn't be considered a top option yet, but it is worth monitoring his production against the Falcons in Week 4 in the event his recent hot streak continues.

September 28, 2020 3:03 AM EST

Robert Tonyan Jr.: Finds end zone in Week 2

Tonyan caught two passes for 25 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's victory over the Lions.

Analysis: Tonyan led Packers tight ends in snaps for the second week in a row and registered both his first receptions and score of the 2020 season. He lacks much of a track record and is still an iffy long-term option in fantasy leagues, but he does appear to be the best bet among the Packers' tight ends after two weeks, and he could be asked to contribute more in the passing game in Week 3 if receiver Davante Adams (hamstring) -- and to a lesser degree, fellow tight end Josiah Deguara (shin) and running back Tyler Ervin (concussion) -- cannot take the field.

September 21, 2020 9:09 AM EST

Robert Tonyan Jr.: Leads Packers tight ends in snaps

Tonyan led Packers tight ends in snaps but was not targeted in Sunday's victory over the Vikings.

Analysis: Tonyan was on the field for 48 of the 78 plays the Packers' offense ran Sunday -- 16 more than any of the team's other tight ends -- but did not draw a pass in his direction. The snap count is encouraging, but the Packers utilized all four of their tight ends to some degree and figure to continue doing so, which will make it difficult for Tonyan or any of the others to make much of a fantasy impact.

September 14, 2020 10:20 AM EST

Robert Tonyan Jr.: Primed for pass-catching role?

Tonyan likely will start the season as Green Bay's top receiving threat at tight end, Matt Schneidman of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: The role widely was viewed as Jace Sternberger's to lose, and it now seems the 2019 third-round pick may indeed have lost it. The 26-year-old Tonyan figures to be part of a rotation, with Sternberger, Josiah Deguara and Marcedes Lewis also in the mix to earn roles. Tonyan has 14 catches in 27 regular-season games for the Packers, so there hasn't been much hint of fantasy upside.

September 2, 2020 9:38 AM EST

Robert Tonyan Jr.: Getting work with starters

Tonyan has been taking some reps with the starting offense in practice, Mike Spofford of Packers.com reports.

Analysis: Most discussion of the Green Bay tight ends has focused on 2019 third-round pick Jace Sternberger and rookie third-rounder Josiah Deguara, but it sounds like Tonyan and 36-year-old blocking specialist Marcedes Lewis are also right in the mix to earn playing time. Tonyan originally caught on with the Packers' practice squad as an undrafted rookie back in 2017, and he then caught 14 passes for 177 yards and two touchdowns in 27 games the past two seasons, playing more snaps on special teams (326) than offense (260). The 26-year-old seems to have made a clean recovery from offseason surgery for a core muscle injury, and he's now hoping to be a significant part of the Green Bay passing attack.

August 19, 2020 2:36 PM EST

Robert Tonyan Jr.: Signs tender

Tonyan (abdomen) has officially signed his exclusive-rights free agent tender from the Packers, Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: This was just a formality, as Tonyan was always expected to sign the tender. He is now set to compete with Jace Sternberger, veteran Marcedes Lewis and the recently drafted Josiah Deguara for snaps at tight end. The 25-year-old has worked his way up ladder since joining the organization as a member of the practice squad in 2017.

April 25, 2020 9:38 AM EST

Robert Tonyan Jr.: Receives tender from Green Bay

The Packers tendered Tonyan (abdomen) as a restricted free agent Tuesday, Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.

Analysis: Tonyan will return to Green Bay for at least another year after having initially joined the team's practice squad in 2017. Following the departure of Jimmy Graham, the 25-year-old looks in line to handle an expanded role in the Packers' tight end corps during the 2020 campaign, alongside second-year pro Jace Sternberger and veteran Marcedes Lewis. He's recovering from core muscle surgery undergone February.

March 18, 2020 9:14 AM EST

Robert Tonyan Jr.: Undergoes core muscle surgery

Tonyan is recovering from core muscle surgery undergone to address an injury he played through during the 2019 season, Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.

Analysis: Tonyan was forced to miss five regular-season games last year due to the injury. He hauled in 10 passes for 100 yards and one touchdown across the 11 games he did suit up for. The 25-year-old saw regular usage as Green Bay's third tight end when healthy in 2019, and he could have a shot at an expanded role in 2020 if the team opts to part ways with Jimmy Graham for salary cap reasons. Veteran tight end Marcedes Lewis is also a free agent.

February 27, 2020 8:22 AM EST

Robert Tonyan Jr.: Regularly used as third tight end

Tonyan appeared in 11 games for the Packers in 2019 and tallied 10 receptions for an even 100 yards and a touchdown.

Analysis: Tonyan regularly served as the Packers' third tight end before and after missing five games and most of a sixth with a hip injury suffered in Week 5. While he has caught just 14 passes over 27 games in his two professional seasons, he has shown some play-making ability, scoring twice and averaging 12.6 yards per reception. The tight end position is in flux for the Packers with Jimmy Graham a possible salary-cap casualty and Marcedes Lewis a free agent, so Tonyan could have a chance to play a more prominent role in 2020.

January 21, 2020 10:29 AM EST

Robert Tonyan Jr.: One reception in victory

Tonyan was targeted twice and caught one pass for five yards in Sunday's victory over the Bears.

Analysis: Tonyan scored his first touchdown of the season in Week 14, but he could not build on that in Week 15. Tonyan's youth in relation to veteran tight ends Jimmy Graham and Marcedes Lews gives him some intrigue, but he figures to remain a reserve the rest of the way, and he will also have to compete for snaps with fellow youngster Jace Sternberger, who totaled 14 plays Sunday to Tonyan's nine.

December 16, 2019 11:53 AM EST

Robert Tonyan Jr.: First touchdown this season

Tonyan caught a 12-yard touchdown pass in Sunday's victory over Washington.

Analysis: Tonyan was targeted only once in Week 14, but he was able to find paydirt for the first time this season. Tonyan has played a regular role since returning to action in Week 12 following a five-game absence, taking the field on 31.5 percent of the offensive snaps. However, he is not seeing the field enough nor seeing the ball thrown his direction enough to warrant much consideration in Week 15 playoff matchups.

December 9, 2019 10:01 AM EST

Robert Tonyan Jr.: Season-high snap count

Tonyan was targeted twice and caught two passes for eight yards in Sunday's loss to the 49ers.

Analysis: Tonyan took the field for the first time since Week 5 and played a season-high 27 snaps, but he filled a complementary role for most of the game, and did not make either of his catches while Aaron Rodgers was under center. Tonyan was activated instead of Jace Sternberger on Sunday, which slots him third among Packers tight ends moving forward.

November 25, 2019 10:06 AM EST

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