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Packers are hosting Blast From The Past Wide Receiver to try out

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The Green Bay Packers haven’t been able to secure a new wide receiver through trade or free agency for the past few months, so the franchise has opted to play the hits instead.

The Packers welcomed former wideout Geronimo Allison for a practice Tuesday, Nov. 22, per NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo.

“Former #Packers WR Geronimo Allison was back in Green Bay today to train with the team,” Garafolo reported this via Twitter.

The Packers signed Allison as an undrafted free agent from the University of Illinois in 2016. He spent the next four years at Green Bay, appearing in 46 games, including 14 starts. The wideout had 89 catches for 1,045 yards and six touchdowns over that span, averaging 11.7 yards per reception.

Allison left the NFL in 2020 but returned as a member of the Detroit Lions for three games last season. He made a start and two goals for the Packers’ NFC North Division rival but failed to post a catch.

Should Allison secure a spot on the team, he’ll likely find himself on the practice team—at least initially. His tryout with Green Bay comes a week after the team parted ways with disappointing receiver and returnee Amari Rodgers.

The Packers selected Rodgers, now 23, in the third round of the 2021 NFL Draft from the University of Clemson. Despite an impressive collegiate career, the Green Bay wideout never participated in the professional game. He appeared in 26 games for the Packers, making a lone start and collecting just eight catches for 95 yards without ever finding the end zone.

However, it was Rodger’s work as a returnee that got him booted out of Green Bay. He hit 40 punt returns for the team and counted eight fumbles, according to the Pro Football Reference, with his errors often coming from critical spots in tight games.

The Houston Texans brought Rodgers in almost immediately via the league’s waiver last week, though he did not show up in the team’s loss to the Washington Commanders on Sunday.

Receiver position has been Green Bay’s biggest concern all season, as several in the area have been plagued by injuries and others’ performances have been unconvincing and/or inconsistent.

One of the most disappointing players in the whole squad was Christian Watson – that is, until a few weeks ago. The second-round speedster was heavily injured in preseason, missing three of the team’s first seven competitions earlier in the year. When he played, his work did not bring results. Watson had just eight catches for 88 yards in his first five games and had one rushing touchdown, according to Pro Football Reference.

Then the floodgates opened.

Over the past two weeks, Watson has tacked on 14 catches for 155 yards and a whopping five touchdowns as he’s healthier and his hands more reliable. Quarterback Aaron Rodgers also appears to have more confidence in the young wideout but has been cautious about his public statements about Watson in recent days.

The young receiver’s breakout games are likely to be submitted too few and late for a Packers team that is now 4-7 with a tough schedule ahead. Still, after a dismal first half of 2022, there’s finally hope for the future of the Green Bay receiver position.

The Packers are not yet mathematically eliminated from the playoffs and can keep a glimmer of hope alive with an away win against the Philadelphia Eagles this Sunday. However, a loss could result in a quarterback switch to Jordan Love as Green Bay tries to decide on the future of the position and whether to exercise the backup’s fifth-year option in May.

The young receiver’s breakout games are likely to be submitted too few and late for a Packers team that is now 4-7 with a tough schedule ahead. Still, after a dismal first half of 2022, there’s finally hope for the future of the Green Bay receiver position.



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