Geronimo Allison is in line to be the Green Bay Packers’ No. 3 receiver this season. So long as he doesn’t screw it up.
Allison will presumably face some competition in the form of Trevor Davis, DeAngelo Yancey and three rookie receivers. Not an awe-inspiring bunch to say the least.
However, Allison, due to his familiarity with the system and quarterback Aaron Rodgers, will definitely have the edge.
“I know how he trusts me,” Allison said. “I know how he wants me to continue to work, continue to be where I’m supposed to be when I’m supposed to be there, and continue to just be ‘G’ and continue to make plays. That’s our relationship.”
We all know what that means. If Rodgers doesn’t trust a receiver, he won’t throw him the ball. That’s why it’s unlikely that any of the team’s rookie receivers will contribute much this year.
Yancey spent last year on the practice squad and Davis has done next to nothing in two seasons.
That leaves Allison as your underwhelming favorite in the clubhouse. Underwhelming because he has just 35 catches for 455 yards and two touchdowns in his two-year career. Allison had almost as many yards (202) in 10 games in 2016 as he did in 15 games in 2017 (253). He scored both of his touchdowns as a rookie.
Of course, that could have something to do with Brett Hundley.
Still, Allison wasn’t really tearing it up when Rodgers was on the field either. He didn’t take a step forward in his second season.
Will he in his third?
“It’s a big blessing and opportunity right there in front of me (and) I’ve got to take advantage,” Allison said. “At the time, there’s nothing that’s going to be given — it’s got to be earned. They brought these (rookies) in to help us, and at the same time, it’s my job to get these guys up to speed.”
Personally, I would be worried about winning a job, rather than getting anyone up to speed. The Packers will need some increased production out of Allison if the offense is going to reach its full potential in 2018.
Few…if any, combinations of QB/ WR duo’s in the league outperform Nelson/Rodgers in scoring td’s (isn’t that the point in this league, scoring td’s?).
So in essence, the question is, who will try to fill the void of Jordy Nelson.
Good luck and Godspeed.
BTW….We can stop floating around this verbiage of Rodgers needs to trust his receivers. We get it, even after the 80th time we read it. Is this somehow any different than the other 31 starting QB’s in the league trusting that their wide receivers know their routes, timing, the offense and their responsibility’s within?
I mean, did Brady trust Brandon Gibson as much as Julius Edleman?
Did Favre trust Bill Schroeder as much Donald Driver.
Also, don’t confuse the trust issue with talent issue, sometimes they intertwine.
I trust McCarthy to fuck things up. No matter who is on the field.
As douchey as Greg Jennings and Colin Cowherd are, there are some interesting points made in this interview. Jennings talks about how the Rodgers/Jordy chemistry first blossomed in the Super Bowl and grew from there, how their chemistry was second to none, and how it just can’t be replaced, etc. He also said he doesn’t care for the Jimmy Graham pick up because the Packers had their TE of the future in Cook but let him go. Yet, Jimmy Graham is supposed to fill the void of Jordy Nelson and Jared Cook like a two birds with one stone deal? Sorry, not gonna happen. It makes you realize how far this team has been set back by stupid decisions and it isn’t going to magically get better in an instant.
What, all the post draft hype from those 4th and 5th round steals at WR has worn off already? If not one of them can eventually outperform Allison, another one of Ted’s UDFA, then I have some bad news.
How hard can it possibly be to learn to run routes?