GREEN BAY – The Packers have done a nice job of filling needs over the offseason, but there’s still one position that needs attention: tight end.

Robert Tonyan, the team’s No. 1 option, tore his ACL back in Week 8 and while there’s a chance he’ll be ready for the start of the 2022 season, nothing is guaranteed. No one knows if he’ll pick up where he left off before the injury, either.

Behind Tonyan is veteran Marcedes Lewis, who is mainly a blocking tight end at this point in his career, but can occasionally be used in the passing game. Behind him is Josiah Degaura and Dominique Dafney, who combined to catch 27 catches for 279 yards and two touchdowns last year in Tonyan’s stead. Lastly, there’s Tyler Davis, whom the staff is very high on.

The Athletic recently listed tight end as the Packers’ biggest post-draft need and it makes sense when looking at the position on paper. But when considering how often tight ends are actually used in the Packers’ passing game, it doesn’t appear to be as big a need.

Ever since Matt LaFleur was hired in 2019, the Packers have ranked 22nd, 25th, and 24th when it comes to how often they target the tight end position in the passing game. 2020, Tonyan’s breakout season, saw Aaron Rodgers target him just 58 times, which ranked 24th among all tight ends that year. He also ran routes on 86.9% of snaps, which was 18th among all tight ends with at least 42 targets in 2020.

However, that could all change with the departure of Davante Adams. Rodgers needs a new safety net. He and Tonyan were really starting to click before the ACL injury, so it would make a lot of sense if the Packers want to incorporate the big tight end more into the passing game.

But the Packers also have a big question at the tackle position, and it comes in the form of Elgton Jenkins, who tore his ACL on November 21 against the Vikings. As it stands, Jenkins is still on the road to recovery and it’s unclear as to when he’ll be ready to play.

No injury is the same, but it’s hard to avoid the anxiety centered around Jenkins’ knee after taking David Bakhtiari’s recent ACL injury into account. Bakhtiari injured his knee at the end of December in 2020 and didn’t play a single snap until the Packers Week 18 matchup against the Lions in 2021. Afterward, the knee continued to bother him to the point where he sat out the playoff loss to the San Francisco 49ers. He’s played just 27 offensive snaps since December 31, 2020.

What if Jenkins is forced to miss a good chunk of time in 2022? Or, the entire season? The Packers don’t have much depth behind him, at all, which would leave them in a very bad position.

Green Bay did draft two former college tackles in Sean Rhyan and Zach Tom, but Rhyan looks to be a better NFL fit at guard while Tom looks to be a better fit at center. Plus, both players are mid-round picks, meaning, they may still need time to develop.

And what if Bakhtiari still has issues or struggles to regain his pre-injury form? Yosuah Nijman had a decent year filling in for Jenkins, but he still has a lot to prove.

In all, the Packers have more questions at tackle than they do answers. It may be a better idea to bring in a veteran tackle to shore things up until the Packers receive more clarity on Jenkins and Bakhtiari.

When you have a quarterback of Rodgers’ caliber, keeping him upright should be the No. 1 priority, even if Rodgers has a track record of complaining about not having enough weapons. If Rodgers goes down, the Packers’ season goes down with him.

Green Bay could certainly stand to bring in more players at either position, but when it comes to which position is most important, one can easily make an argument that the Packers need another tackle in the mix as much as they need a tight end.

Or, even more.

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