Robert Tonyan Jr.

Green Bay Packers
Tight End #49
Green Bay Packers
Tight End #49
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Robert Tonyan Jr. News

Rehabbing during OTAs

Tonyan (knee) was spotted rehabbing off to the side during the Packers' OTA on Tuesday, Ryan Wood of the Green Bay Press-Gazette reports.

Analysis: Tonyan tore his left ACL in Week 8 last season and has reportedly been ahead of schedule during his rehab, but it remains to be seen if he'll be ready by Week 1. The undrafted tight end out of Indiana State re-signed with Green Bay on a one-year deal in mid-March, and if healthy, he could play an increased role in the Packers' passing game in the absence of Davante Adams. Tonyan's status during training camp in July should give a better indication as to whether or not he'll be available to start the regular season.

May 24, 2022 10:24 AM EST

Ahead of schedule in recovery

The Packers consider Tonyan (knee) to be ahead of schedule in his recovery from a left ACL tear, Zach Kruse of USA Today reports.

Analysis: General manager Brian Gutekunst said Green Bay doesn't "have a real timetable" on Tonyan's recovery, but it appears that the top tight end could have a shot to retake the field early in the 2022 campaign, potentially even by Week 1. Tonyan re-signed with the Packers on a one-year contract mid-March, just following the team's trade of Davante Adams to the Raiders. Considering the void left by Adams on offense, Tonyan figures to handle a key role in the passing game even if Green Bay makes notable additions to the wide receiver room as the offseason continues.

Mar 31, 2022 8:46 AM EST

Returns to Green Bay

The Packers and Tonyan (knee) agreed to a one-year contract Saturday, Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.

Analysis: Since Green Bay sent Davante Adams to the Raiders on Thursday, the team has used the open cap space to bring back two of its own from last season (Tonyan and cornerback Rasul Douglas) and an outsider (punter Pat O'Donnell, formerly of the Bears). Tonyan is in the midst of his recovery from a torn ACL that he suffered Week 8, meaning his status will be one to watch as the offseason goes on. Considering the timeline for such recoveries, he could be ready for Week 1 of the upcoming campaign. If not, though, the Packers will continue to lean on Josiah Deguara, Marcedes Lewis, Tyler Davis and Dominique Dafney at tight end.

Mar 19, 2022 3:32 PM EST

Moved to IR

The Packers placed Tonyan (knee) on injured reserve Monday.

Analysis: Tonyan's move to IR was fully expected after head coach Matt LaFleur confirmed over the weekend that the tight end suffered a season-ending ACL tear in the Packers' Week 8 win over the Cardinals. On Monday, LaFleur named Josiah Deguara as a candidate to take on an increased role sans Tonyan, while Marcedes Lewis and Dominique Dafney are also likely to see upticks in snaps at tight end.

Nov 1, 2021 1:12 PM EST

Tears ACL

Tonyan (knee) was diagnosed with an ACL tear on Friday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: The tight end went down grabbing his left knee after a long reception in the third quarter of Thursday's 24-21 win over the Cardinals. It didn't look good at the time, and agent Jack Bechta has since confirmed that his client will miss the rest of the season. Bechta did provide one possible silver lining, noting that Tonyan suffered an isolated tear with no lateral damage. It's still a season-ending injury, but that could help Tonyan's recovery/rehab process next offseason. Meanwhile, the Packers are left with Marcedes Lewis, Josiah Deguara, Dominique Dafney and Tyler Davis at tight end.

Oct 29, 2021 10:34 AM EST

Could miss time

Though coach Matt LaFleur didn't provide specifics with regard to the non-contact knee injury Tonyan suffered in Thursday's 24-21 win over the Cardinals, Mike Spofford of the Packer's official site indicates that the tight end may have suffered a serious injury.

Analysis: Per Spofford, LaFleur's tone when discussing Tonyan's status following the contest suggests that the team is bracing for the worst. "I'm sick for Bobby. He means so much to this team," LaFleur said. "I'm sick for us. My heart goes out to him." If Tonyan is forced to miss time, Marcedes Lewis, Josiah Deguara and Dominique Dafney would be in line to handle Green Bay's tight end duties.

Oct 29, 2021 5:37 AM EST

Dealing with knee injury

Tonyan is questionable to return Thursday against the Cardinals after suffering a knee injury.

Analysis: Tonyan made a long catch late in the third quarter but was taken down awkwardly on the play. He managed to leave the field under his own power but ultimately went to the locker room after being briefly evaluated on the sideline, according to Matt Schneidman of The Athletic. Prior to his exit, Tonyan had three receptions for 49 yards.

Oct 28, 2021 7:53 PM EST

Bigger Week 8 role awaits

Tonyan is expected to handle a greater role as a pass catcher Thursday in Arizona with receivers Davante Adams and Allen Lazard having been ruled out for the game following their placements on the reserve/COVID-19 list earlier this week, Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.

Analysis: Green Bay could be without its top three wide receivers Week 8, as Marquez Valdes-Scantling (hamstring) still resides on injured reserve and is no lock to be activated ahead of Thursday's 4 p.m. ET deadline for transactions. Even if Valdes-Scantling suits up, he'll likely be available for only a limited role after failing to practice this week, so the Packers appear prepared to enter the contest with Tonyan, running back Aaron Jones and wideouts Randall Cobb and Equanimeous St. Brown as the most established targets in the passing game for Aaron Rodgers. The absence of Adams -- whose 33.2 percent target share ranks second in the NFL to only the Rams' Cooper Kupp (33.6 percent) -- is particularly notable, and could put Tonyan in position to deliver his best fantasy line of season. While Adams was sidelined Weeks 3 and 4 of the 2020 season, Tonyan produced an 11-148-4 receiving line on 11 targets.

Oct 28, 2021 9:55 AM EST

Back on the radar

Tonyan caught four receptions for 63 yards and one touchdown on five targets against Washington on Sunday.

Analysis: Tonyan had largely disappeared from the box score for a month straight, catching just six receptions for 32 yards on 13 targets in the prior four games, so his reemergence against Washington was encouraging to see. Tonyan will likely remain a low-volume target like he did in 2020, but a game like this is a reminder that he doesn't necessarily need much target volume to be useful as long as his yards per target and touchdowns per target approach his 2020 levels. The Packers could find themselves in a shootout in their Week 8 game against Arizona on Thursday, and if so that might be a viable setting for Tonyan to stay involved two weeks in a row.

Oct 24, 2021 2:06 PM EST

Remains on periphery

Tonyan was targeted three times and caught two passes for 10 yards in Sunday's 24-14 victory over the Bears.

Analysis: Tonyan played at least 60 percent of the snaps for the fourth week in a row, but as was the case the previous three weeks he made only a blip in the box score.

Oct 18, 2021 7:50 AM EST

Ready for Sunday

Tonyan (knee) doesn't have an injury designation for Sunday's game in Chicago, Ryan Wood of the Green Bay Press-Gazette reports.

Analysis: He was a limited practice participant throughout the week but never appeared in serious danger of missing the game. Tonyan has caught just nine of 17 targets (52.9 percent) this year, after leading all TEs in 2020 with an 88.1 percent catch rate. In terms of volume, he's dropped from 3.7 targets per game to 3.2, while his snap share (61.1 percent) is nearly identical to last year.

Oct 15, 2021 12:59 PM EST

Another limited showing

Tonyan (knee) practiced in a limited capacity Thursday.

Analysis: Listed similarly on a second consecutive injury report, Tonyan's status for Week 6 is somewhat cloudy, but it could all be cleared up if he logs a full practice Friday. If he's able to do so, he'll look to get his season back on track Sunday against a Bears defense that allowed him to haul in all seven targets for 85 yards and touchdowns in two 2020 matchups.

Oct 14, 2021 2:40 PM EST

Tending to knee issue

Tonyan (knee) was limited in practice Wednesday, Matt Schneidman of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Tonyan has had a muted start to the season, with four outings of two or fewer catches and no more than eight yards. His only somewhat productive outing came in Week 2 against the Lions, when he hauled in all three targets for 52 yards and one touchdown. There's been no indication Tonyan's knee issue is threatening his odds to play Sunday at Chicago, but the next two days of practice could shed light on how he's trending.

Oct 13, 2021 2:29 PM EST

Tamed by tigers

Tonyan was targeted twice and caught one pass for eight yards in Sunday's 25-22 victory over the Bengals.

Analysis: This type of line has become the norm for Tonyan, who has been limited to eight receiving yards or fewer in four of his five appearances this season. It does not appear that Week 6 will be when he gets on track, as he and the Packers will take on a Bears defense that contained Darren Waller and T.J. Hockenson over the past two weeks and has allowed just one touchdown to opposing tight ends this season.

Oct 11, 2021 8:30 AM EST

Another quiet appearance

Tonyan was targeted a season-high seven times but caught only two passes for eight yards in Sunday's victory over the Steelers.

Analysis: Tonyan saw some extra passes in his direction with wideout Marquez Valdes-Scantling (hamstring) sidelined and nearly matched his target total from Weeks 1-3, but he still finished with a single digit in the yardage column for the third time this season. Tonyan was on the field for 78 percent of the plays the Packers' offense ran in Week 4, so he's getting his fair share of opportunities. However, he's simply not producing enough to be locked into fantasy lineups at the moment, and he could have a tough time getting on track in Week 5 against a Bengals team that has done a good job containing opposing tight ends.

Oct 4, 2021 7:10 AM EST

Just one catch in win

Tonyan caught his lone target for eight yards in Sunday's 30-28 win over the 49ers.

Analysis: Tonyan crashed back down to earth after busting out a 52 yards and a touchdown last week against the Lions. Aaron Rodgers relied almost primarily on star wideout, Davante Adams, and the duo led Green Bay to victory. Tonyan's fantasy value last season stemmed from his ability to find the end zone (11 touchdowns), but with just one score and 66 total yards through three contests, fantasy managers may start looking for other answers at the tight end position.

Sep 26, 2021 10:32 PM EST

Scores in Monday's win

Tonyan caught all three of his targets for 52 yards and a touchdown in Monday night's 35-17 win over the Lions.

Analysis: Tonyan started his performance with a 19-yard gain from a screen pass. He later gave the Packers the lead as the beneficiary of a 22-yard laser from Aaron Rodgers, scoring a touchdown down the seam. With a couple forced coverage penalties and another screen-pass gain afterward, Tonyan turned in a display reminiscent of his breakout 2020 campaign, giving him good momentum ahead of Week 3's trip to San Francisco.

Sep 20, 2021 8:37 PM EST

Quiet in season opener

Tonyan was targeted four times and caught two passes for eight yards in Sunday's 38-3 loss to the Saints.

Analysis: Tonyan was the clear-cut top tight end for the Packers in Week 1, but he saw only a few passes thrown his direction, and with his team pulling the bulk of its starters early, he was on the field for only 49 percent of offensive plays. Tonyan did a lot of damage in the red zone last season, but the Packers rarely crossed midfield Sunday, which further limited his opportunities. Some fantasy players may cut ties with Tonyan after his Week 1 dud, but don't forget he scored 11 touchdowns over 15 games after being shut out in last season's opener.

Sep 13, 2021 9:30 AM EST

Draws rave reviews from TE coach

Tonyan drew rave reviews from Packers tight ends coach Justin Outten on Sunday, with the coach stating his belief that Tonyan "has not reached his ceiling yet."

Analysis: Tonyan did not see action in the Packers' preseason opener, but that was not due to any sort of injury and rather the fact he has established himself as the top tight end in Green Bay. After a breakout 2020 campaign, Tonyan continued making strides over the offseason, with Outten noting, "What (Tonyan) does outside the building has really jumped off. You can progress (in camp), but you have to be able to do it outside this this building, and he's really taken care of his body, the mental aspect of it, the gymnastics of the playbook and being utilized a little bit more." It will be tough for Tonyan to match the 11 touchdowns he scored last year, but regardless, he will remain a key piece of the Packers' offense in 2021.

Aug 16, 2021 7:55 AM EST

Signs RFA tender

Tonyan signed his second-round tender with the Packers on Thursday, Rob Demovsky of reports.

Analysis: Tonyan has been an attendant of OTAs, so it makes sense to see him sign his contract tender. If the 27-year-old can repeat last season's production, when he had 52 catches for 586 yards and 11 touchdowns, he'll position himself for a sizeable payday come 2022. Of course, a 21.1 touchdown rate may not be sustainable, but Tonyan does stand to once again serve as one of Green Bay's main weapons in the red zone alongside Davante Adams and Aaron Jones.

May 27, 2021 2:00 PM EST

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