Robert Tonyan

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Robert Tonyan
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Tonyan in 2019
No. 85 – Green Bay Packers
Position:Tight end
Personal information
Born: (1994-04-30) April 30, 1994 (age 25)
McHenry, Illinois
Height:6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Weight:237 lb (108 kg)
Career information
High school:McHenry East
(McHenry, Illinois)
College:Indiana State
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Roster status:Active
Career NFL statistics as of Week 5, 2019
Receiving yards:143
Receiving touchdowns:1
Player stats at

Robert Joseph Tonyan Jr. (April 30, 1994) is an American football tight end for the Green Bay Packers of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Indiana State and signed with the Detroit Lions as an undrafted free agent in 2017.[1]

Early life[edit]

Tonyan attended McHenry Community High School – East Campus. He lettered twice in basketball and football. As a quarterback, he was named all-conference as a junior and senior, and set the school record with 5,000 career passing yards.[2]

College career[edit]

Tonyan enrolled at Indiana State in 2012, and started for four years after red-shirting his first year. He appeared in 11 games in 2013, starting three as a quarterback. His first career completion was a 57-yard touchdown, and he completed 35 of 102 passes for 348 yards and three touchdowns.[2] His sophomore year, he moved to wide receiver, where he caught 54 passes for 747 yards (6th in school history[3]) and four touchdowns, including a career-high 172 yards in the last game of the season (seventh in school history[3]). In his 2015 junior season, Tonyan had 40 receptions for 601 yards (fourteenth in school history) and six touchdowns despite starting just six of 11 games, which earned him an honorable mention on the All-Missouri Valley Football Conference team. As a fifth-year senior, Tonyan had 56 receptions for 699 yards (ninth all-time) and a school-record ten touchdowns. He set several career records for the Sycamores, including 20 touchdown receptions, 21 consecutive games with a reception, two games with three receiving touchdowns, and was second all-time to Sam Logan with 150 receptions and 2,047 yards.[3]

Professional career[edit]

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt 40-yard dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert jump Broad BP
6 ft 4 in
(1.93 m)
250 lb
(113 kg)
4.58 s 1.53 s 2.60 s 4.34 s 7.12 s 35 in
(0.89 m)
10 ft 5 in
(3.18 m)
16 reps
All values from Indiana State’s Pro Day[4]

On May 12, 2017, the Detroit Lions signed Tonyan to a three-year, $1.66 million contract as an undrafted free agent.[5] His signing made him the tenth Indiana State football player to reach the NFL.[6] He was released before the season began, but signed to the Packers' practice squad for the final four games of the season, and was re-signed by the Packers for the 2018 campaign.[2] He appeared in the first nine games of the season, but was targeted just once before his first NFL reception, a 54-yard touchdown from Aaron Rodgers against the Seattle Seahawks in Week 11.[7] In 2019, the Packers have tendered exclusive rights to Tonyan.[8]

NFL career statistics[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Year Team Games Receiving Fumbles
G GS Rec Yds Avg Lng TD FUM Lost
2018 GB 16 1 4 77 19.2 54 1 0 0
Total 16 1 4 77 19.2 54 1 0 0


  1. ^ Styf, Jon (August 14, 2018). "McHenry grad Tonyan trying to grab Packers' attention in training camp". Northwest Herald. Retrieved September 19, 2019.
  2. ^ a b c "Robert Tonyan". Retrieved September 19, 2019.
  3. ^ a b c Indiana State Sycamores Media Guide (PDF). 2017. p. 100.
  4. ^ "Robert Tonyan Jr., DS #43 WR, Indiana State". Retrieved November 20, 2018.
  5. ^ "Robert Tonyan Jr. Contract Details". Retrieved September 19, 2019.
  6. ^ "Indiana St. Players/Alumni". Retrieved September 19, 2019.
  7. ^ Jones, Brian (November 15, 2018). "Robert Tonyan scores first NFL TD vs. Seahawks". 24/7 Sports. Retrieved November 20, 2018.
  8. ^ Western, Evan (March 9, 2019). "Packers begin tendering exclusive-rights free agents by keeping TE Robert Tonyan". Acme Packing Company. Retrieved September 19, 2019.

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