Packers: Big opportunity for Geronimo Allison in 2018

GREEN BAY, WI - DECEMBER 24: Geronimo Allison
GREEN BAY, WI - DECEMBER 24: Geronimo Allison /

Geronimo Allison has a great opportunity to secure a starting spot in the Green Bay Packers offense this season.

Right now, it’s still unclear who will start on the outside opposite Davante Adams this year. Geronimo Allison‘s experience makes him the frontrunner, but it’s on him to earn the job at training camp.

Without Jordy Nelson, Adams is the Packers’ clear number one receiver, although that was already obvious last season.

Randall Cobb will work primarily in the slot. This leaves an opening on the outside.

Allison has a great opportunity to not only earn more targets, but become a key contributor in the Green Bay Packers offense.

It would be a significant jump for the third-year player, who only has 35 catches for 455 yards and two touchdowns to his name over the past two seasons. But when the Packers have needed Allison to step up in the past, he’s done well. His six-catch, 122-yard performance was key in the team’s victory over the Cincinnati Bengals last season.

But Allison will have competition.

The Packers have three new additions to the wide receiver room: J’Mon Moore, Marquez Valdes-Scantling and Equanimeous St. Brown. All three were selected on the final day of the 2018 NFL Draft back in April.

It would take an excellent training camp for one of this young trio to start ahead of Allison in Week 1, but it’s not impossible.

While it’s not a guarantee that Allison will take on the third receiver role to start the season, he’s almost certain to make the 53-man roster. But behind him there will be competition for places.

Along with the three draft picks, the Packers will also need to decide whether to keep Trevor Davis, DeAngelo Yancey, Michael Clark and Jake Kumerow.

Clark is one to watch at training camp. He played well when given an opportunity late in the 2017 season, and a strong performance this summer could be enough to secure his spot on the 53-man roster.

Whether the Packers keep six or seven receivers remains to be seen. It will depend on how many of their young pass catchers play well at training camp and in preseason.

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For Allison, a spot on the 53-man roster is all but guaranteed. Now he needs to show that he’s ready to take on a bigger role on offense and become a key target for Aaron Rodgers this season.