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Over the next two weeks Jimmy Graham Color Rush Jersey , Acme Packing Company will take a look each position group on the Green Bay Packers and provide insight into how they performed during the 2018 season. Today, we examine the tight ends.For the third year in a row, the Green Bay Packers tried to fill their longstanding void at tight end through free agency. For the third year in a row, they exist the season still looking for an answer.This time around, the Packers spent lavishly on the presumptive top tight end on the market, the type of move the franchise had largely avoided under previous general manager Ted Thompson. His successor, Brian Gutekunst, saw the position as a major flaw with the offensive personnel. With Aaron Rodgers playing out the final stretch of his Hall of Fame career, Gutekunst and his front office reset the market for tight ends in hopes of jumpstarting the offense.It didn’t work, and now Green Bay has to decide whether to run back the plan under new head coach Matt LaFleur or find someone else.Starter: Jimmy Graham16 games active, 12 starts55 catches, 636 receiving yards, two touchdownsOn March 13, 2018, Jimmy Graham agreed to a three-year contract worth $30 million in total compensation with the Packers. The team hoped that deal would solidify a position that had become a revolving door in Green Bay and give Rodgers the type of pass catcher he lacked since Jermichael Finley’s retirement several years earlier.Graham produced several flashes of brilliance during his first season in Green Bay, but he never captured the Pro Bowl form that made him such a devastating red-zone force during his previous stops with the Seattle Seahawks and New Orleans Saints. A broken thumb suffered in mid-November reduced Graham to a mere cog in the machine, limiting him to just 21 catches and 184 yards the rest of the year.BackupsLance Kendricks16 games active, three starts19 catches, 170 receiving yards, one touchdownBack for a second season, Lance Kendricks saw plenty of snaps and did the bare minimum with them. Kendricks registered just nine first downs all year, the fewest of any Green Bay receiver with at least 25 targets. Just as damning, his blocking did little to negate his deficiencies as a pass catcher.Kendricks’ contract expires this March. While tight ends hold considerable value in the Packers’ new offense https://www.thepackersfanshop.com/Muhammad-Wilkerson-Jersey , it seems unlikely the team would invest another year and more money in Kendricks given his limited productivity over the past two seasons.Marcedes Lewis16 games active, four startsThree catches, 39 receiving yardsThe Packers added Marcedes Lewis late in the offseason, signing the veteran tight end to a one-year deal at the end of May. Still, Lewis seemed perfectly suited for a blocking-heavy role in former head coach Mike McCarthy’s offense.Instead, Lewis played less than 200 snaps all year. His blocking fell off from the levels he displayed with the Jacksonville Jaguars and he never became a contributor in the passing game. Though Lewis didn’t cost the Packers much in terms of money, he took up a roster space that could have gone to a more useful player.Robert Tonyan16 games active, one startFour catches, 77 receiving yards, one touchdownThe numbers don’t make a compelling case for Tonyan, who caught just four passes all season. Still, the Packers have high hopes for what the converted wideout might do in LaFleur’s offense. The front office will bring in more bodies this offseason, but Tonyan has a chance to carve out a meaningful role in 2019.Overall grade: D-While the Packers have endured disappointments with their tight ends before, the amount of money invested at the position this past season makes the group arguably more disconcerting. Other than Tonyan, who becomes an exclusive-rights free agent this offseason and would cost little to tenure, every other free-agent tight end seems likely to depart Green Bay this offseason. That means the team will essentially start over at an important position within their new offense once more. Why, oh why doesn’t Aaron Jones get more looks?Mike McCarthy has repeatedly said he’s sticking with a “running back by committee” for the Packers offense. That’s understandable — it’s 2018 in the NFL and “committees” are common and, typically, a good idea — but it’s the hierarchy of the Packers’ group that is the problem.Out of the Packers’ running back trio of Aaron Jones, Ty Montgomery and Jamaal Williams, Jones has been the best this season, and it’s not even close. Jones boasts a 5.9 yards per carry, much better than Montgomery (4.1) and Williams (3.8). Only three running backs with 30+ carries have a better yards per attempt than Jones this season — Matt Breida (6.8) DeShone Kizer Jersey , Austin Ekeler (6.4) and Isaiah Crowell (6.1).PLAYERATTYDSTDYPCJamaal Williams5922403.8Aaron Jones3218815.9Ty Montgomery247714.1The Packers have had eight runs of 15+ yards this season. Four are by Jones, including a 30-yard scamper against Buffalo in Week 4, three are scrambles from quarterback Aaron Rodgers, and Ty Montgomery has one. Yep, that leaves exactly zero explosive runs from Jamaal Williams, who leads Green Bay in carries.More Packers coverage from FOX Sports WisconsinPhotos of the Week: 7/21/19 – 7/27/19Packers rookie Gary’s biggest critic is himselfTop Tweets: Former Badger TJ Watt has impressive four-year transformationPHOTOS: 2019 Green Bay Packers training campPackers’ Rodgers, LaFleur ironing out offense, building chemistryAgainst San Francisco on Monday night, Jones was on the field for just 19 snaps, fewer than Williams (27) and Montgomery (26). It marked the second straight week Jones has played just 27 percent of the Packers’ offensive snaps, and the third time in the last four games he’s played less than Williams and Montgomery.When Jones is on the field, the Packers are feeding him the ball. Jones has seen a team-high 42 percent of the carries since returning from suspension in Week 3. But it’s still not enough when he’s putting up these kinds of numbers in a limited number of snaps.Make Jones the featured back, and things will open up for the Packers offense.Other notes from Monday’s snap counts:— Who had the most offensive snaps among Green Bay wide receivers? Nope, not Davante Adams. Rookie fifth-round pick Marquez Valdes-Scandling was in on 66 of 71 plays (93 percent). He had only three catches (on six targets), but finished with 103 yards, thanks in part to a 60-yard haul, the Packers’ longest play of the game.— Signed to Green Bay’s active roster Oct. 6, rookie defensive lineman Tyler Lancaster saw his first NFL action Monday and appeared in three snaps.— Tight end Marcedes Lewis played in his most snaps of the season, 22 (31 percent). He had the same number of snaps as fellow backup tight end Lance Kendricks. Kendricks, though, caught two passes while Lewis wasn’t even targeted.— Five players on defense played every snap: Safeties Kentrell Brice and Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, linebacker Blake Martinez and cornerbacks Kevin King and Tramon Williams. Clinton-Dix and Martinez have yet to miss a defensive snap in 2018.GAME 6: 49ERS (OFFENSE)PLAYERPLAYS (71)%Bakhtiari71100%Taylor71100%Linsley71100%Rodgers71100%Bell6794%Valdes-Scantling6693%Adams6389%Bulaga5983%Graham5679%St. Brown3549%Williams2738%Montgomery2637%Lewis2231%Kendricks2231%Jones1927%Moore1724%Patrick1623%Tonyan23%GAME 6: 49ERS (DEFENSE)PLAYERPLAYS (57)%King57100%Martinez57100%Brice57100%Williams57100%Clinton-Dix57100%Clark5291%Lowry4986%Daniels3968%Matthews3765%Fackrell2951%Perry2951%Burks2849%Whitehead2747%Gilbert2340%Jackson2137%Morrison35%Lancaster35%Adams24%
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