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Thursday Cheese Curds: Can Robert Tonyan threaten Jace Sternberger for Packers’ starting tight end job?

Sternberger’s injury last year plus starting training camp on COVID/reserve might give Tonyan a fighting chance

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When the Green Packers released Jimmy Graham, it was widely assumed Jace Sternberger was the logical heir for the starting tight end position.

That still may wind up being the case, but not if Robert Tonyan has anything to say about it.

There might not be a truer dark horse in terms of challenging for a starting spot than Tonyan. With Sternberger injured for a decent amount of last season, Tonyan rose up the depth chart and started to earn quarterback Aaron Rodgers’ trust. His nice 54-yard touchdown reception against the Seattle Seahawks in 2018 followed by another touchdown last year against Washington showed what Tonyan can do.

Without the security blanket of Graham in 2020, Rodgers may find himself more in rhythm with Tonyan than Sternberger, despite the latter being a third round pick in 2019. Trust is a big part of Rodgers’ game and though Sternberger caught his first career touchdown in the NFC Championship last year, the quarterback has more history with Tonyan.

Throw in that Sternberger started training camp on the COVID-19/reserve list, in turn giving Tonyan more first team reps, and it’s easy to see how this could turn into a surprise position battle as camp unfolds.

Tonyan also spent the off-season training with newly-extended San Francisco 49ers tight end George Kittle, so some influence rubbing off on Tonyan wouldn’t hurt either.

Of course both players could develop into solid players, giving Rodgers and head coach Matt LaFleur more wrinkles to add on offense. A rising tide lifts all boats, and this would be ideal for Green Bay.

You can read more on Tonyan pushing for a starting role plus what we learned in camp yesterday in today’s cheese curds.

Packers tight end Robert Tonyan chasing starting job as he chases 49ers’ All-Pro George Kittle—PackersNews.com (subscription required)

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Adrian Amos assuming leadership role, excited for Packers’ secondary in 2020–Packers Wire

On a defense with plenty of alpha dogs already, Adrian Amos stepping up into a leadership role gives the Packers a secondary that should make any fan salivate.

5 things learned at Packers training camp – Aug. 19–Packers.com

There was a scary moment when Davante Adams went down but all signs point to the Packers’ star receiver being ok.

NFL considering postseason bubble upon suggestion from Sean Payton—NFL.com

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Drive-Through Haunted House Offers Socially Distanced Scares—Huffington Post

We ain’t afraid of no pandemic. Halloween can’t be canceled this year, so it’s good to see people getting creative to dish out proper scares.