In Matt LaFleur's offense, much has been said about the running game setting up the pass, but the work of the tight ends against Chicago shows how important they may become as Aaron Rodgers and the rest of the offense sort things out over the early part of the schedule.
Maggie Loney of Cheesehead TV takes a look at the Packers' current group of tight ends and how they might be utilized moving forward, based on the limited success had by the Packers on offense in Week 1.
In 2018, the unit consisting of Jimmy Graham, Marcedes Lewis, Lance Kendricks, and Robert Tonyan combined for 124 targets netting 81 receptions, 922 yards, and four total touchdowns on the season. Stretching that over a 16-game season, The tight end unit would only have five receptions and 58 yards per game, with a touchdown coming every four games.
In just one game of the 2019 season, those numbers are already improving. The trio of Graham, Lewis, and Tonyan (with rookie Jace Sternberger on injured reserve), had 10 targets against the Bears good for six receptions, 72 total yards, and one touchdown. If the Packers’ tight end unit performed the exact same as they did Week 1 for all 16 games, they’d end the season with 96 receptions for 1,152 yards and 16 touchdowns.
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