Until Robert Tonyan finds meaningful playing time with the Packers this fall, Fantasy managers shouldn't bother adding him to rosters.
Tonyan signed his tender with the Packers on Monday, according to the NFL's transaction report. Tonyan will remain in Green Bay after recording four receptions for 77 yards and a touchdown in 16 games last season. He began the season primarily as a special team's contributor but carved out a role on offense as time went on. Look for him to be a depth option behind Jimmy Graham and Marcedes Lewis.
The Packers extended a tender to Tonyan on Friday, Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports. With less than three accrued seasons, Tonyan is an exclusive rights free agent, leaving him with no option but to sign the aforementioned tender. He was active for all 16 games last season, first as a special teamer before slowly but surely working his way into the offense. With fellow tight ends Lance Kendricks and Marcedes Lewis about to become unrestricted free agents, Tonyan will enter the new league year as the No. 2 to starter Jimmy Graham.
Tonyan caught one pass for seven yards in the Packers' Week 17 loss to the Lions. Tonyan suited up for all 16 games in 2018 and finished with four receptions for 77 yards and a touchdown, the bulk of which game on a 54-yard score in Week 11. The Packers clearly saw something they liked in order to activate him for every game, but he remains more project than prospect, and it remains to be seen if the next coaching staff in Green Bay views him the same way.
Tonyan caught one pass for 11 yards in Sunday's victory over the Jets. Tonyan played a season-high 15 snaps in Sunday's overtime victory, which was just 16.5 percent of the 91 plays the Packers ran, but also a 2018 high for the second-year tight end. He has played at least 10 percent of the snaps in four straight games after playing just 14 snaps all season prior to that, and chances are good he sets another season high Week 17 with the Packers playing out the string.
Tonyan played eight snaps on offense in Sunday's loss to the Bears and was not targeted. Tonyan has not gotten any more involved in the Packers offense since catching a 54-yard touchdown against the Seahawks in Week 11. With the Packers now eliminated from playoff contention, the team could decide to give Tonyan a longer look, but unless the Packers explicitly announce that at some point this week, that purely will be speculation.
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