Robert Tonyan Jr.

Chicago Bears
Tight End #49
Chicago Bears
Tight End #49

Robert Tonyan Jr. News

Catches three passes in loss

Tonyan caught all three of his targets for 29 yards in Sunday's 20-16 loss to the Lions.

Analysis: Tonyan ended the 2022 campaign with yet another underwhelming performance. The veteran tight end was on the field for 37 of the Packers' 60 offensive snaps and was unable to produce much for fantasy purposes with his opportunities. Tonyan finishes the season with 53 catches for 470 yards and two touchdowns. Fantasy managers thinking that Tonyan would become a bigger factor in 2022 with the departures of Davante Adams and Marquez Valdes-Scantling were met with great disappointment, as the 28-year-old was typically an afterthought in Green Bay's inconsistent aerial attack. The 6-foot-5, 240-pounder signed a one-year, $3.75 million contract with Green Bay last offseason, so he is set to become an unrestricted free agent in 2023. Tonyan would likely have interest from teams around the league, but it's possible the Packers may want to sign him to a longer deal ahead of next season if they believe he can get back to being an effective weapon in the Packers' passing attack.

Jan 11, 2023 5:42 AM EST

Breaks TD drought Sunday

Tonyan caught three of four targets for 52 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 41-17 win over the Vikings.

Analysis: The veteran tight end was on the other end of Aaron Rodgers' only TD pass of the day, a 21-yard toss in the second quarter that gave the team a 24-3 lead. Tonyan snapped an 11-game scoring drought in the process, as his only other trip to the end zone this season came in Week 4, while his 52 receiving yards were represented best performance since Week 6. He's now three catches short of breaking his career high of 52, a personal record he'll try to set in a must-win Week 18 clash with the Lions.

Jan 1, 2023 9:29 PM EST

One reception in third straight

Tonyan was targeted twice and caught one pass for 13 yards in Sunday's 26-20 victory over the Dolphins.

Analysis: Tonyan played the most snaps among Packers tight ends like he usually does, but he finished with just a lone reception for a third straight week and was surprisingly outperformed by fellow tight end Marcedes Lewis. One game was not enough to drop Tonyan behind Lewis when it comes to fantasy options, but it will make it even tougher for those still going in their fantasy leagues to trust Tonyan in Week 17.

Dec 26, 2022 7:50 AM EST

Finishes with just four yards

Tonyan was targeted twice and caught one pass for four yards in Monday's 24-12 victory over the Rams.

Analysis: Tonyan led Packers tight ends in snaps for a ninth game in a row, but he also was on the field for fewer than 60 percent of the plays run by the Packers offense for the fourth time in as many contests, and he finished with a season low in the receiving yards column. In Week 16, Tonyan and the Packers will take on a Dolphins team that allowed opposing tight ends to score six touchdowns over its last six games, but it's tough to envision him capitalizing, as he has scored just once all season and averaged 1.6 receptions and 12.2 yards over his last five appearances.

Dec 20, 2022 7:40 AM EST

Another quiet appearance

Tonyan was targeted twice and caught one pass for 10 yards in Sunday's 28-19 victory over the Bears.

Analysis: Tonyan played at least 51 percent of the snaps for a fourth straight week, but as was the case in the previous three games he made only a minor mark in the box score. His recent output certainly does not inspire any confidence, but he will at least have an appealing matchup for the first time in a while when Green Bay returns from its Week 14 bye, as he and the Packers will face a Rams defense that has had trouble with opposing tight ends in recent weeks.

Dec 5, 2022 9:20 AM EST

Tacks on three receptions

Tonyan was targeted three times and caught three passes for 20 yards in Sunday's 40-33 loss to the Eagles.

Analysis: It was a pretty standard evening for Tonyan, who has not finished with more than three receptions nor more than 29 yards since Week 8. He has faced some tough matchups lately, and he will see another one his next time out, as he and the Packers will take on a Bears defense that has allowed tight ends to rack up more than 67 yards just once all season.

Nov 28, 2022 8:11 AM EST

No game status for Week 12

Tonyan (illness) won't carry an injury designation for Sunday's game in Philadelphia, Wes Hodkiewicz of the Packers' official site reports.

Analysis: Tonyan sat out Thursday's practice on account of the illness, but he returned to the field Friday as a full participant to erase any concern about his health. He'll handle his usual duties Sunday as the Packers' starting tight end, but the role hasn't been as fruitful as some might have anticipated heading into the season. Though he's suited up in each of Green Bay's first 11 games, Tonyan has found the end zone only once and is averaging 3.7 catches and 31.1 receiving yards per contest.

Nov 25, 2022 1:34 PM EST

Misses Thursday's practice

Tonyan sat out Thursday's practice due to an illness, Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.

Analysis: Tonyan practiced fully Wednesday, so the tight end's addition to the Packers' injury report Thursday makes his status worth tracking ahead of Sunday's game against the Eagles. If Tonyan is unable to play this weekend, added passing targets would be available for some combination of Josiah Deguara, Marcedes Lewis and Tyler Davis.

Nov 24, 2022 12:17 PM EST

Two receptions in Week 11

Tonyan was targeted four times and caught two passes for 19 yards in Thursday's 27-17 loss to the Titans.

Analysis: Tonyan played more than twice as many snaps as any other Packers tight end, but as has typically been the case this season, he made only a minor mark in the box score. Things may not change in the weeks ahead, as the Packers' next two opponents -- the Eagles and Bears -- both rank top-10 in the league against tight ends heading into their Week 11 matchups.

Nov 18, 2022 7:15 AM EST

Catches one pass against Cowboys

Tonyan was targeted once and caught one pass for eight yards in Sunday's 31-28 overtime victory over the Cowboys.

Analysis: Tonyan had at least four targets in five straight games heading into Sunday's contest, but he was an afterthought in the offense in Week 10 and finished with seasons lows in all of the targets, receptions and yardage categories. He will have a chance to get back on track in Week 11 against a Titans defense that ranks second to last in the league against the pass, but note that the bulk of the yards they have given up have been accumulated by wide receivers.

Nov 14, 2022 10:25 AM EST

Reined in by Detroit

Tonyan was targeted four times and caught three passes for 29 yards in Sunday's 15-9 loss to the Lions.

Analysis: Tonyan drew four targets for a fifth straight game and garnered a couple looks close to the goal line, but he finished with fewer than 30 yards for the fourth time this season and was held out of the end zone for the eighth time in nine appearances. He will have a tough time getting on track in Week 10 against a Dallas defense that has contained tight ends about as well as anyone, but quarterback Aaron Rodgers may need to look Tonyan's way more often if the Packers are shorthanded at the wide receiver position.

Nov 7, 2022 8:40 AM EST

Grabs five receptions in loss

Tonyan caught five of six targets for 35 yards in Sunday's 27-17 loss to Buffalo.

Analysis: Tonyan actually led all Green Bay receiving options with his five snags Sunday, but most of his receptions were outlet passes. The veteran tight end did have a touchdown called back when he knocked his defender down in order to get wide open in the end zone. Tonyan is averaging six receptions and 52.3 yards over his last three games. The recent uptick production coupled with a soft matchup against the Lions next Sunday should give Tonyan some starting appeal in Week 9.

Oct 31, 2022 12:11 AM EST

Limited in Week 7 loss

Tonyan was targeted four times and caught three passes for 32 yards in Sunday's 23-21 loss to the Commanders.

Analysis: Tonyan set season highs for targets, receptions and yardage in Week 6, but he was held in check Sunday by a Washington team that has made a habit of shutting down opposing tight ends this season. The matchup won't get any easier the next time out, as Tonyan will take on a Bills team that has been nearly as stingy against tight ends as the Commanders and has not allowed any player at that position to find paydirt this season.

Oct 24, 2022 7:55 AM EST

Best game of season

Tonyan caught 10 of 12 targets for 90 yards in Sunday's 27-10 loss to the Jets.

Analysis: Tonyan was Green Bay's best offensive playmaker during another underwhelming team performance. The tight end led the Packers in all major receiving categories, turning in comfortably his best performance of the early season. With wideouts Sammy Watkins (hamstring), Christian Watson (hamstring) and Randall Cobb (ankle) all banged up, Tonyan represents a reliable target for quarterback Aaron Rodgers going into Week 7's matchup versus the Commanders.

Oct 16, 2022 2:00 PM EST

Tallies four receptions

Tonyan was targeted four times and caught four passes for 23 yards in Sunday's 27-22 loss to the Giants.

Analysis: Tonyan did not do much in the box score, but he did haul in all four of his targets and has now caught 17 of the 20 passes thrown his way this season. Fellow tight end Marcedes Lewis played more snaps and found paydirt in Week 5, but Tonyan remains the better fantasy option of the two.

Oct 10, 2022 7:50 AM EST

Records first 2022 touchdown

Tonyan was targeted twice and caught two passes for 22 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 27-24 overtime victory over the Patriots.

Analysis: After increasing the previous two weeks, Tonyan's snap count percentage declined in Week 4, but he made the most of his opportunities and found the end zone for the first time in nearly a year. He remains the top pass catcher among Packers tight ends, and with Sunday's showing following a game in which he garnered seven targets, he is giving fantasy players more reason to look his way.

Oct 3, 2022 7:35 AM EST

Targeted seven times in win

Tonyan was targeted seven times and caught six passes for 37 yards in Sunday's victory over the Buccaneers.

Analysis: Tonyan did not do much in the yardage department, but the target and reception totals were particularly encouraging, as was the fact he played 14 more snaps than any other Packers tight end. Tonyan shared the load with the three other tight ends on Green Bay's roster over the first two weeks, but he appears primed to be the primary option at his position moving forward.

Sep 26, 2022 8:20 AM EST

Remains on pitch count

Tonyan was targeted twice and caught two passes for 11 yards in Sunday's victory over the Bears.

Analysis: Tonyan made a rapid recovery from a torn ACL and took the field in Week 1, but the Packers aren't overextending him early, as although his snap count percentage increased slightly, he was out there for fewer than 40 percent of the plays for the second week in a row. Tonyan played at least 60 percent of the snaps in both 2020 and 2021, so it's evident there is room for growth in that department.

Sep 19, 2022 7:35 AM EST

Three receptions in return

Tonyan was targeted five times and caught three passes for 36 yards in Sunday's loss to the Vikings.

Analysis: Tonyan took the field for the first time since Week 8 of the 2021 season, and although he did not make a major impact, he also did not appear limited by his surgically-repaired left knee. He played just 22 snaps, which was one fewer than fellow tight end Marcedes Lewis and seven more than both Josiah Deguara and Tyler Davis. With a game under his belt and the Packers in need of playmakers, though, Tonyan -- who scored 11 touchdowns in 2020 -- could find himself on the field more frequently in the weeks ahead.

Sep 12, 2022 9:08 AM EST

Clear for Sunday

Tonyan (knee) doesn't have a designation for Sunday's game in Minnesota, Wes Hodkiewicz of the Packers' official site reports.

Analysis: Tonyan suffered a torn ACL in his left knee in Week 8 last season, missing the rest of what had been a disappointing campaign to that point (18-204-2 on 29 targets). He has a 52-586-11 receiving line on his resume from 2020, and with Davante Adams out of town and Allen Lazard (ankle) doubtful for Week 1, Tonyan is set up to be among Aaron Rodgers' favored pass catchers to begin this year.

Sep 9, 2022 12:04 PM EST

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