5. Tight end
Tight end comes in at No. 5 on this list because the Packers appear to have the top of the position locked up. Jimmy Graham, a tight end if only by title, was signed this offseason and Lance Kendricks will serve as his primary backup.
Graham will likely line up all over the field and will serve, mainly, as a pass-catcher. Kendricks can do a little blocking on the line, but that’s not always his forte. Even though he only hauled in 18 receptions last season, he’s a much better receiver than he showed.
Behind those two is slim pickings.
Richard Rodgers departed and Green Bay doesn’t have any other player with real NFL experience on the roster. Emanuel Byrd is the most likely player to earn that third roster spot at tight end. He began last summer with the Kansas City Chiefs, but they released him. He then signed with the Packers, but didn’t have enough time to prove himself before being released in early September. Green Bay brought him back to their practice squad late last season so he at least has a head start on the competition.
The third tight end position may not be palpably valuable on offense, but they are usually a good run-blocker and special teams contributor. The Packers have a lot of time, but need to get this position figured out.