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.
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 host of the Pack-A-Day podcast and a writer for PackersTalk.com. You can follow him on Twitter @andrewmertig