Tonyan caught two passes for 25 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's victory over the Lions. 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 still is an iffy long-term option in fantasy leagues, but he does appear to be the best bet among Packers tight ends after two weeks, and he could be asked to contribute more in the passing game 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.
Tonyan likely will start the season as Green Bay's top receiving threat at tight end, Matt Schneidman of The Athletic reports. The role widely was viewed as Jace Sternberger's to lose, and the 2019 third-round pick may have indeed fallen behind in the competition. The 26-year-old Tonyan will likely be part of a rotation at the position, 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 during his career.
Tonyan has been taking some reps with the Packers' starting offense in practice, Mike Spofford of the team's official site reports. Most of the discussion surrounding the Green Bay tight ends this offseason has focused on 2019 third-round pick Jace Sternberger and rookie third-round pick Josiah Deguara, but Tonyan and 36-year-old blocking specialist Marcedes Lewis also appear to be 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 in 2020.
Tonyan (abdomen) has officially signed his exclusive-rights free agent tender from the Packers, Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com reports. 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.
The Packers tendered a contract Tuesday to Tonyan (abdomen), an exclusive-rights free agent, Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports. Tonyan will return to Green Bay for at least another year after having initially joined the organization as a member of the 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, along with second-year pro Jace Sternberger and veteran Marcedes Lewis. He's still recovering from core muscle surgery, which he underwent in February.
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