Packers excited about the possibilities their tight ends give them

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The Packers have gone back to 1996 when they ranked first in points per game with tight ends Keith Jackson and Mark Chmura a big part of their offense. Jackson and Chmura combined for 68 receptions for 875 yards and 10 touchdowns that season.

This season, the Packers plan on the same after signing Martellus Bennett and Lance Kendricks, who combined for 160 targets, 105 receptions and nine touchdowns last season. The newcomers join veteran tight end Richard Rodgers, giving the Packers all kinds of options at the position.

“I think what it does is it gives us some more flexibility to run two tight end sets,” Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers said, via Rob Reischel of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. “Both guys can put their hand on the ground and go and block guys really well but also add that dimension in the passing game.”

Bennett has averaged 63.6 receptions, 5.2 touchdowns and 728.2 yards per season the past five seasons. Kendricks made 50 catches last season, and Rodgers had 30.

With Jordy Nelson, Davante Adams and Randall Cobb, the Packers’ biggest problem might come in keeping all their weapons involved.

29 responses to “Packers excited about the possibilities their tight ends give them

  1. My theory on why Packer TE tend to have limited success: Rodgers see his WR’S as open or he believes that he can throw them open. WR routes, by design, typically will net more yards and have a greater chance for a big gain. So (perhaps subconsciously) Rodgers would rather throw to a tightly covered WR because it is more likely to lead to a greater level of success.

  2. jtbaudendistel says:
    Jun 28, 2017 7:31 PM
    Why are Packer TEs almost always underachieving? One of Sports greatest mysteries.

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    The answer is they haven’t had a premier TE since Mark Chmura and Keith Jackson, who they only had for about a half a year, btw).
    Jermichael Finley was a head case when he first came up and then, just when he was starting to become the player everyone thought he could be, his career ended with injury.
    Last season they had a talented TE in Jared Cook, and the results were very good.
    This season they should be very productive at the TE position if Bennett and Kendricks stay healthy. There’s no guarantee that Richard Rodgers will even make the team again.

  3. Ted Thompson rarely signs free agents for him to sign two free agent TE’s in the same off-season means something. My guess is they self scouted the close playoff losses they’ve had in recent years and have concluded they need more TD’s in the red zone. How many times in the big playoff losses have they settled for field goals early in the game only to have it come back to bite them by games end. The Seattle NFC Championship comes to mind. Nelson is more of a strike zone guy getting a lot of TDs of 20+ yards not necessarily a big inside the 10 type of receiver. These moves are all about getting 4 more points on a consistent basis which might help them to start coming out on the winning end of those close playoff losses. One Super Bowl appearance in 8 straight appearances in the playoffs with the 2nd best QB in the league says something has been amiss. Red Zone offense has been to blame as much as the defense. Good moves by the Pack.

  4. With the versatility available from their skilled position players, they can disguise a lot of plays and have a greater chance of catching defenses off guard. Of course this doesn’t guarantee success, but the no reason to not let the optimism flow freely at this point.

  5. An embarrassment of riches this Packers team. Defenses will have no idea where Aaron’s going with the ball and his processing is so fast and acute he could hit his 6th option within 2 seconds of taking the snap.

    Thank goodness we don’t have a QB who’s known as a check down artist.

  6. Martellus Bennett is on his 5th team in 7 years. If he is such a good player and teammate… why doesn’t he stay anywhere for more than a year?

    BTW – Bennet has averaged 30 yards a game over his entire career… the acquisition of a replacement level starter is highly overrated.

    Regarding Kendricks – he was basically the only pass catching option for several years for the Rams and still only averaged 19 yards a game over the past 4 years… I don’t think he makes most teams roster.

  7. I was surprised that since the Rams have a quarterback of very little experience that they would let veteran tight end like Hendricks go and go to a rookie. Hendricks is also a very good blocker, can get deep and has decent hands. It will be interesting to see how he fares in GB with a great quarterback. Maybe they let him go to free up salary cap space to pay Austin!

  8. On paper this combo of TE’s should prove exciting for Packer fans. Let’s get’em all through camp and preseason healthy. If a couple of these RB’s can share the load with some success for the 15 or 20 run plays they call, The Pack is going to be difficult to stop. Throw an occasional screen to the RB’s. Maybe one of them shows some pass catching skills and do what Eddie couldn’t. I pray the defense is improved.

  9. I would hate to think the Packer fans will start acting like Viking fans and projecting all positive stuff when we haven’t played a down. It should work out well but just look back to last year when the Vikings took a big possession WR and the fans were predicting yet another Superbowl. End result? Treadslow caught a total of 3 passes.

  10. Packers excited about the possibilities their tight ends give them
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    I see what you did there!

    Genius, pure genius.

  11. packers will get knocked out in the conference championship as usual. nothing to see here.

  12. I’m really looking forward to another 10-6 season and early exit in the Playoffs, courtesy of Dom Capers.

    Not like I haven’t heard this record before……..

  13. My guess is they self scouted the close playoff losses they’ve had in recent years and have concluded they need more TD’s in the red zone. How many times in the big playoff losses have they settled for field goals early in the game only to have it come back to bite them by games end. The Seattle NFC Championship comes to mind.
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    19-7 lead with 4 minutes to go.

    That one wasn’t on the offense.

  14. cheeseisfattening says:
    Jun 28, 2017 8:36 PM
    The only thing Aaron Rodgers loves more than a tight end is having two tight ends.
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    ……and if Rodgers were to somehow become available to the Vikings, you’d be so excited you’d volunteer to be a third.

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