After a torn left ACL in the 2021 NFL season, Robert Tonyan will look to rebound and provide the Packers with extra veteran depth for Aaron Rodgers. Whether he’ll be able to return to 2020 form or not is the question.
A healthy Tonyan would be a beneficial boost to the Packers once he recovers from his torn ACL that happened halfway through last season. Every player recovers differently from a torn ACL, so all eyes will be on Tonyan this year in Green Bay. With the departure of Davante Adams, Tonyan could easily beat his own stats from 2020 if he can carry the workload and stay healthy. His Week one status is still up in the air but he is trending in the right direction.
Packers Tight End: Robert “Bobby” Tonyan
Robert Tonyan first entered the league in 2017 as an undrafted free agent with NFC North rival, the Detroit Lions. He was released before the start of the season and the Packers scooped him up towards the end of the season and placed him on the practice squad. For his first two years with the Packers, he saw limited action but made the best of it as a backup tight end. In 2020 is when he blew off the hinges of the door and became a star.
In the 2020 season, Tonyan went awol with the Packers. He had 52 receptions on only 59 targets for 586 yards. Oh, and yeah, he also had an astonishing 11 touchdowns in the regular season. Tonyan, which is pronounced wrong a lot, is pronounced similar to the popular onion-flavored rings, funyuns. Ever since Tonyan was a starter on the roster, Rodgers has always called him Bobby even though he goes by Robert. Well, the name stuck.
After the 2020 season, Tonyan was looking to build on his excellent performance in the prior season when devastation struck and landed him on the injured reserve with a torn left ACL. Before his injury, he had posted a mediocre 18 receptions for 204 yards and two touchdowns. Fellow teammate Josiah Deguara filled in for the injured Tonyan. He went on to post a similar stat line, 25 receptions for 245 yards and two touchdowns. The offense leaned more on the running backs and Davante Adams.
How Will A Healthy Robert Tonyan Help The Packers?
As I’ve mentioned before and many should know by now, Davante Adams was traded to the Las Vegas Raiders in the off-season. The trade caused a large hole in the offense that the Packers have been working to fill. Allen Lazard will be the top wide receiver option along with Sammy Watkins. Other receivers include familiar face Randall Cobb, rookies Christian Watson, Romeo Doubs, and Samori Toure. Rodgers has already called out the dynamic duo of Aaron Jones and AJ Dillon to step up in the receiving game and help out with targets.
A big-bodied receiver in Robert Tonyan would provide a much-needed target for Aaron Rodgers. Tonyan stands at six foot five inches and 240 pounds. He has the build of a tight end but the speed of a receiver. Fantasy managers will be monitoring his status closely as the new season quickly approaches. Will he be able to rebound to his top-five fantasy tight end ranking from 2020 or was that just an asterisk? I will be paying close attention to see how he progresses over the next week. I don’t want the Packers to rush him back, if he needs to miss the first two games of the season, they should let him for long-term durability.
Here are my 2022 stat projections for the Packers playmakers: https://cheeseheadcheckdown.com/2022/08/17/2022-packers-preview-stats/