As the band Sheppard’s song goes, it’s time for the Green Bay Packers to “Say Geronimo! Say Geronimo!”. With Jared Abbrederis moving to the Injured Reserve, WR Geronimo Allison was signed off the Practice Squad.

You may remember Allison as the 6’3 undrafted free agent out of Illinois who had a fantastic preseason. I highlighted Geronimo as an undrafted rookie who had an outside chance of making the roster, and a guy who would be great on the Practice Squad. Now he will get his chance to make a difference on the active roster.

Green Bay Packers 2016 Undrafted Rookies

Allison provides one thing the Packers lack in their receiving corps. He combines a 6’3 frame with outstanding leaping ability, which gives him the ability to go up and get the ball. He demonstrated good hands and route running ability in the preseason, and the Packers are sorely in need of receivers who can make plays on the outside.

Geronimo’s chance to contribute will be an uphill climb. He’s the 7th Wide Receiver on the roster, so there is a strong likelihood he could be inactive on game day. He will have to prove he can contribute on Special Teams to get active, but to play offensive snaps he will have to gain the trust of Aaron Rodgers. If he can accomplish all those things, he will have a chance to use his athleticism to make big plays in the second half of the season. If he can help get the Packers pass game going, the speakers at Lambeau Field might be pumping out “Hey Geronimo!”

Andrew Mertig is a a lifelong Packers fan and draft enthusiast. He has covered the NFL draft for radio and television stations in Green Bay. He is currently a writer for You can follow him on Twitter @andrewmertig

Green Bay Packers Well Within Reach of NFC North Title

The Minnesota Vikings were handed their first loss of the 2016 season on Sunday afternoon by the Philadelphia Eagles. Sam Bradford was pummeled by his old team, getting sacked six times and turning the ball over three times (Bradford actually fumbled a whopping four times but only lost two). It marks the Vikings’ first loss on the season, the fall of the last undefeated team in the NFL.

Even including this largely hapless performance from Minnesota, the Vikings have clearly outplayed their rival Packers, not to mention that Green Bay fell to Minnesota in Week Two by a field goal. With that being said, more than half of the season remains, and the Packers are far from being out of contention for winning the NFC North. The Packers are essentially 1.5 games behind the Vikings, sitting a single game behind them in the standings (Minnesota is 5-1 while Green Bay is 4-2) and having lost their one head-to-head matchup on the year thus far.

On paper, the remaining schedule for the Packers actually looks harder than the Vikings’. The Packers’ remaining opponents are sitting at a collective 36-28 record (.563 winning percentage) while the Vikings’ remaining opponents (as of Sunday afternoon) are sitting at 31-35 (.470 winning percentage). While divisional games always pose a threat to any team, the only non-divisional opponents that would be expected to give the Vikings a run for their money would be Dallas and maybe Washington and Arizona.


Strong Second Half Lifts Packers to 26-10 Victory over Bears

After managing just six points in another pedestrian first half, the Green Bay Packers’ offense caught fire late in the game to pull away from the Chicago Bears 26-10 and improve to 4-2.

Without Eddie Lacy and James Starks, the Packers relied on a short but efficient passing game to control the flow of the game and dominate time of possession. Aaron Rodgers threw for a season-high 326 yards, his first 300-yard game in almost a year, and three touchdowns on a single-game franchise record 39 completions.

Despite a lackluster first half and without hitting many big plays—the only play over 25 yards was a 30-yard Ty Montgomery rush—the offense started looking like the well-oiled machine it was hyped to be before the season.

The unit finally clicked late in the game, even though the second half got off to rough start for the Green Bay offense. Rodgers was sacked just three plays into the third quarter, resulting in a fumble that the Bears recovered in the end zone for a 10-6 Chicago lead. Things were not looking too hot for the struggling Packers’ offense.

But it was all Green Bay after that. The home team put together three straight impressive scoring drives, all capped off by touchdown passes from Rodgers, to build a 26-10 lead that would stand for the rest of the game.

Those three drives represent what the Packers’ offense hopes it can do for the remainder of the season. Combined, they took 34 plays, lasted over 18 and a half minutes, and compiled 247 yards.


Why Aaron Rodgers Is Broken

Editor’s note: this article was written by guest author Elisha Twerski. You can follow him on Twitter at @ETwPhoneHome


Aaron Rodgers is….umm…struggling, to say the least. You’ve probably heard some asinine theories to explain his performance: He’s jealous of his brother winning the Bachelorette, his numbers have been down since deflategate (thanks, Tom Brady), there’s some secret injury that no one knows about, and my favorite theory is that he’s too distracted by Olivia Munn. If you buy into any of those theories, stop reading now.

From 2010 to 2014 Rodgers played like one of the best quarterbacks of all time. He consistently made jaw-dropping throws and committed turnovers at a historically low rate. The two-time NFL MVP had mastered the quarterback position.

On August 23rd, 2015, Jordy Nelson tore his ACL. Considering the circumstances, the first four weeks of that season may have been the best four week stretch of Rodgers’ career. Rodgers threw for 11 touchdowns while not committing a single turnover, leading the Packers to a 4-0 record. He even made James Jones look like Calvin Johnson.

In week 8, the 6-0 Packers went into Denver to take on the 6-0 Broncos, led by a ferocious defense. If you were to talk to anyone who knows a thing or two about the Packers, they’d point to that game as a turning point for Rodgers. The Broncos figured out that you can’t stop Rodgers by stopping Rodgers, you stop Rodgers by taking away his receivers. It also helped that they had the league’s best pass rush. A recipe for stifling the Packers offense was created.


With Lacy Headed to IR, Knile Davis Just Became Big Name in Green Bay

After a crushing defeat at home against the Dallas Cowboys, with the offensive struggles continuing and the hope of fans dwindling, the hits just keep coming. Eddie Lacy has been placed on IR. Given that Sam Shields was placed on IR only a day earlier, there is a very good chance that Lacy will not be used as the one player allowed to be reactivated to the roster from the IR. He could miss the rest of the 2016 season.

To add to the difficulty, James Starks will miss four weeks with an injured knee. For tonight’s game against the Chicago Bears, the Packers will likely have to depend upon some combination of fullback Aaron Ripkowski and wide receiver Ty Montgomery in the backfield. Newly elevated practice squad running back Don Jackson may also be thrown into the mix.

For an offense that was already struggling, things have gone from bad to worse.  With Aaron Rodgers looking out of sorts, he’ll have little to no running game to fall back on tonight. At a time when the Packers could use to lean away from the passing game, they will have to rely upon it almost entirely.

All of this certainly has interesting implications for the Packers and Lacy going forward. Lacy is an unrestricted free agent after 2015, and missing so much time in a contract year does not bode well for his receiving a large pay day. Perhaps the Packers will be able to resign him relatively cheaply.


Early Bird Breakdown Week 7 – Bears @ Packers

Early Bird Breakdown Week 7 – Bears @ Packers

Hello and welcome back to Early Bird Breakdown for week seven of the regular season for the Packers. Before diving into the game, let’s look at the recap from last week.

The Recap:

Last week Green Bay was thrashed 30-16 in a game that did not even feel that close, having Green Bay’s first touchdown coming with less than 7 minutes left in the game and still down by two possessions. Going into the game, the Green Bay defense allowed only 172 rushing yards for the season but Dallas and the league’s best rushing attack ran over, around, and through Packer defenders for 192 yards. Offensively, the Packers looked lost again as Rodgers missed throws & had two turnovers. We will dissect the offenses woes in the breakdown (once again).


Packers and the Perils of Complacency

So I am going to put this caveat out there. I only saw the last quarter of the game last Sunday. Trust me, it was enough. But I did follow the live Tweeting as I sat somewhere between the mainland and Guam. And when the Packers, who seemed to be finding a rhythm with Eddie Lacy hurdling over players and Aaron Rodgers not totally stinking up the joint, the team found them selves in that oh-so-familiar Third and Short situation, I leaned over to my husband, showed him my phone and whispered, “Watch McCarthy kill this entire drive. Five bucks says he’ll put Ripkowski in and shovel the ball to him from about seven yards deep, and the Pack will be punting next.”

Man, I should buy lottery tickets or something.

Wait, no I shouldn’t be lottery tickets. It was as safe as a bet as guessing the sun will rise in the east tomorrow morning. Here’s the deal, if me, sitting somewhere in the middle of the Pacific ocean, gazillions of miles from Lambeau Field (Yes, I sold my tickets to a Packer fan. Don’t blame me for the wave of white and blue in the stands) can successfully predict the play without even watching the actual game, Mike McCarthy’s offensive scheme has become so scripted and predictable that you, me and every team they play on the 2016 schedule has it memorized.

The play book may consist of several Gigabytes on an Apple iPad, but the playbook can be distilled down to the following painful predictable sequence.