Packers: Previewing the wide receiver competition
By John Dales
We just got finished with the NFL Draft, so everyone is still infatuated with rookies, but let’s not forget about those who have already played in the NFL.
Geronimo Allison is the strongest of this group of receivers. He has had an up-and-down first two seasons in the NFL. The former undrafted free agent has a total of 35 catches, 455 receiving yards and two touchdowns through two seasons in the league.
Although his numbers are relatively unimpressive, Allison has shown potential to grow into a starting receiver for the Pack. I believe the third wide receiver spot will be Allison’s spot to lose going into training camp. Why so? Even with a shaky track record, he is still the most proven of the several players competing for that spot.
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Next up is Trevor Davis. Davis had a rough 2018 season to say the least. If you can remember all the way back to the preseason, he had a punt return for a touchdown, which basically cemented his spot on the 53-man roster.
His special teams upside is what got him that spot, but he didn’t do much in the 16 games he had a chance to prove himself in. Davis averaged 22.7 yards per kickoff return and 12.7 yards per punt return.
His offensive output was relatively nonexistent, having only five receptions for 70 yards. Davis’ best game came in Week 17, catching three passes for 56 yards and having two punt returns totaling 46 yards.
Davis’ roster spot is anything but guaranteed, but he definitely has a leg-up on the competition due to his special teams expertise.
We move on to Michael Clark. A “raw talent” as many of the football experts have declared, Clark saw action in the final two games of the season and had his fair share of passes thrown his way.
Many believed Clark was one of the Packers’ best practice squad talents. If he makes a step up this offseason, I’m pretty sure he’ll end up on an NFL roster in September, whether it’s in Green Bay or somewhere else.
I’ll lump DeAngelo Yancey, Colby Pearson and Jake Kumerow into the same category here. They’re all going to be long shots to make the active roster, but if I had to choose one of these guys to make the team, it’d be Yancey.
He was on the Packers’ practice squad last season, and was a fifth-round draft pick. For those reasons, he may have better odds than the late-round rookies to make the team.