Robert Tonyan Jr.

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

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

Gets second-round tender

The Packer extended a second-round tender to Tonyan on Tuesday, Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.

Analysis: Tonyan was a pleasant surprise for the Packers last season, hauling in 52 of 59 targets for 586 yards and 11 touchdowns. That was good for 9.9 YPT and 21.1 percent touchdown rate, which may be unsustainable but foretells his import in Green Bay's passing attack. Other teams still can give Tonyan an offer sheet, but it'll cost other teams a second-round pick if the Packers ultimately decide not to match it.

Mar 16, 2021 10:45 AM EST

Finds end zone

Tonyan recorded four receptions on four targets for 22 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's loss in the NFC Championship Game.

Analysis: Tonyan continued to fill the role of red-zone threat, scoring from eight yards away midway through the third quarter. Combined between both 16 regular season contests and two playoff games, Tonyan managed 12 touchdowns and emerged as a trusted option for Aaron Rodgers. Tonyan will enter the offseason as a restricted free agent, though it's likely that the Packers' will tender him a contract after his breakout performance throughout the 2020 campaign.

Jan 24, 2021 4:49 PM EST

Racks up 60 yards

Tonyan recorded four receptions on four targets for 60 yards in the Packers' divisional-round win over the Rams.

Analysis: Tonyan picked up over half of his yards on a play just before halftime, when Aaron Rodgers evaded pressure and found him well down the field for a 33-yard game. Otherwise, Tonyan's longest reception went for 12 yards, and he was overshadowed by other peripheral options like Alan Lazard. Even so, Tonyan reached 60 receiving yards for only fourth time in 17 games -- including the regular season.

Jan 16, 2021 6:11 PM EST

Finds paydirt in finale

Tonyan caught passes thrown his direction and tallied 18 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's victory over the Bears.

Analysis: Tonyan was held under the 20-yard mark for the third game in a row, but he did reach the end zone for both the sixth time in seven games and the 11th time this season. Tonyan finished the regular season 13th among tight ends in both receptions and receiving yards, but he tied Travis Kelce for the most scores among players at his position, which made him one of the more productive tight ends in any fantasy format.

Jan 4, 2021 8:01 AM EST

Disappears on SNF

Tonyan caught just one pass (two targets) for 17 yards in Sunday's 40-14 rout of the Titans.

Analysis: Tonyan was riding high on a five-game touchdown streak, but that came to a screeching halt with Sunday's empty stat line. The budding tight end was not the only Green Bay receiver to be left out in the cold, as no other tight end or wide receiver outside of Davante Adams received more than two looks from Aaron Rodgers all game long. Green Bay's star duo picked on the Titans' defense and left little scraps for the rest of the crew. Tonyan will look to earn back Rodgers' attention in the red zone in a potential conference-clinching matchup with the Bears on Sunday.

Dec 27, 2020 11:59 PM EST

Finds end zone again

Tonyan recorded three receptions on three targets for 18 yards and a touchdown in Week 15 against the Panthers.

Analysis: Tonyan found the end zone for the fifth consecutive week, logging a one-yard touchdown reception to cap the Packers' first possession. One play earlier, he had hauled in a pass for seven yards to bring the team to the goal line. Thereafter, Tonyan was held silent on the stat sheet until the fourth quarter when he tacked on a 10-yard reception. Though he has surpassed 50 receiving yards only once in his last seven games, Tonyan has been a key contributor near the end zone. That should keep him in consideration among tight ends in Week 16 against Tennessee.

Dec 19, 2020 9:33 PM EST

Posts yet another TD in Week 15

Tonyan caught all five of his targets for 36 yards and a touchdown during Sunday's 31-24 win against the Lions.

Analysis: At a position where viable options are especially hard to come by in fantasy, under-drafted breakouts become especially valuable. Tonyan has been precisely that during his third active pro campaign out of Indiana State, as the 26-year-old currently finds himself tied with Travis Kelce at an NFL-high nine receiving TDs among tight ends. He's attracted exactly five targets in four consecutive games, reeling 19 of those 20 opportunities for 186 yards and four scores. Tonyan seems poised to keep up his productive ways Week 15 against Carolina, as the Panthers have allowed the fifth-most receiving yards to opposing TEs this season (771).

Dec 13, 2020 6:29 PM EST

Finds end zone again

Tonyan caught four of five targets for 39 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 30-16 win over the Eagles.

Analysis: The tight end got into the end zone for a third straight game, hauling in a 25-yard strike from Aaron Rodgers late in the second quarter. Tonyan now has eight TDs this season after scoring only two in 27 games during his first two NFL campaigns, and his odds of extending his scoring streak seem pretty good in Week 14 against a Lions defense that just gave up a touchdown to Bears rookie TE Cole Kmet.

Dec 6, 2020 6:45 PM EST

Leads team in receiving

Tonyan (ankle) hauled in all five of his targets for 67 yards and a score in Sunday's 41-25 win over Chicago.

Analysis: Tonyan was late to the scoring party in the one-sided affair, cashing in on a 39-yard score in the third quarter that rescued what would have been a pedestrian outing. The 26-year-old has been a pleasant surprise since taking over as the starting tight end this season, totaling 37 receptions, 458 yards and seven touchdowns through 11 contests. Tonyan remains a fantasy threat so long as he has the trust of Aaron Rodgers, which he continues to build week by week. The rising star will take on the Eagles on Sunday, who are allowing 8.9 fantasy points per game to tight ends this year.

Nov 29, 2020 10:33 PM EST

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