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Cheese Curds, 7/1: Packers are looking for big things from Robert Tonyan

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Large Robert looks like someone who will be a key part of the Packers’ offense in the fall.

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There’s no sure thing in the NFL, particularly for a tight end entering his second season who caught just four passes as a rookie. But Green Bay Packers tight end Robert Tonyan spent much of his time in this year’s spring practices running with the starters, a big step forward from where he was most of the season a year ago.

As primarily a special teams player in 2018, Tonyan saw just 67 snaps on offense. He did provide one great highlight — a 54-yard touchdown reception that landed in third place on our top plays countdown — but for the most part he was an afterthought in the rotation. His nice training camp, however, provided glimpses of his abilities, and this year he will be looking to impress even further.

In addition, Tonyan’s blocking will be an important factor in whether he plays more on offense. With two of the team’s other tight ends — Jimmy Graham and Jace Sternberger — suited more for a “move” tight end position, Tonyan could earn a share of the in-line snaps with veteran Marcedes Lewis by demonstrating good blocking ability.

It’s now up to him to show out when he arrives for training camp in a little over three weeks. But Big Bob has a big opportunity ahead of him.

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