Despite having an early bye week, injuries keep piling up for the Green Bay Packers. Jared Abbrederis and Chris Banjo both went on injured reserve yesterday. And while adding more players to the list of injuries is never good — it will give the Packers a look at Geronimo Alison.
After placing Abbrederis and Banjo on IR, Ted Thompson moved quickly, promoting two players from the practice squad. One was Allison, a rookie wide receiver from Illinois. The other addition was Jermaine Whitehead, another practice squad promotion.
Whitehead played at Auburn. He’s an athletic safety that also has the ability to cover. He had three career interceptions and 14 passes defensed in four seasons with the Tigers.
Yet, the move that will get people’s attention is Allison.
During training camp, the Packers’ rookie opened eyes. He’s a big taget and he made plays down the field.
In the preseason, he was even more impressive. He had six total receptions for 119 yards, including a 51-yard reception.
In most years, he would have made the 53-man roster. Unfortunately, the Packers ran seven deep at wide out, so he was relegated to the practice squad.
Now that Allison has been promoted, it will be interesting to see if he makes the 46-man game-day roster.
Allison does have big play potential and has the ability to stretch the field, which is something the Packers desperately need right now.
In Allison, they may have a home-run threat. And if the big plays are still hard to come by, don’t be surprised to see the 6-4 rookie get a chance to make some plays.
The dink and dunk won’t work forever. Big plays are needed and Allison could be one to deliver those. At the very least, the Packers were smart not to let him get away.