The Green Bay Packers made sure to retain one of their top young players. Wide receiver Geronimo Allison officially signed his exclusive rights tender.
While the Packers have stayed quiet since signing Martellus Bennett, the team kept one of last year’s biggest surprises. Geronimo Allison, a UDFA who made last year’s roster, signed his tender to remain with Green Bay.
The Packers looked stacked at wide receiver heading into last season. Jordy Nelson, Randall Cobb, and Davante Adams made up a lethal trio. Jeff Janis, Jared Abbrederis, Trevor Davis, and Ty Montgomery also made the Week 1 roster. Allison, meanwhile, found himself on the practice squad.
But things quickly changed. The Packers released Abbrederis with an injury, Davis lost good favor with the coaches, and Montgomery transitioned to running back. The team called Allison up, and he responded in a big way.
The 6’3” receiver appeared in 10 games, earning extra time when Cobb got injured. He racked up 202 yards and a pair of touchdowns as a rookie, emerging as a down-field threat and quickly developing chemistry with Aaron Rodgers.
Now, he’ll be with the team at least one more year. If he continues to make progress after a promising rookie season, he could give the Packers a quartet of receivers unmatched in the NFL.
Allison made some big catches down the middle of the field in his limited playing time, which adds a new dimension to the Packers’ passing attack. Keeping him around could also allow Ted Thompson to draft positions other than wide receiver at the 2017 draft next week.
Keeping around the UDFA should prove to be a great move for the Packers. If Allison builds upon his rookie campaign, he could be one of the biggest steals of the 2016 rookie class.