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Allison Helps Ignite Packers' Comeback

It was an impressive Sunday for Geronimo Allison in every sense of the word.

"He's a damn good football player," said head coach Mike McCarthy after the overtime victory. "You could see it coming in the preseason. He's taken that leap from year one to year two and plays with a lot of confidence."

The second-year undrafted wide receiver who made headlines in last year's training camp with his impressive skill set put together the best game of his young career against the Cincinnati Bengals yesterday. His six catches on eight targets for 122 yards -- a career-high -- including a 72-yard completion on the Packers' third play of overtime was enough to provide them with just the spark they needed on offense.

"I felt like it was cover two," Allison said after the win. "I felt the corner sinking up underneath me on the outside release, and when Aaron [Rodgers] put the ball out there, I could feel the safety running high over the top and I just tried to make a play on it."

Geronio Allison (81) breaks free after his 72-yard catch in overtime. (Jeff Hanisch/USA TODAY Sports)

The Packers started sluggishly in the first half, causing them to gradually sink into a 21-7 hole through two quarters. The offense as a whole wasn't putting on much of a show ever since their first drive, which resulted in a touchdown pass to tight end Lance Kendricks. Allison didn't even make his first catch until late in the second quarter.

But from then and into the second half, it was his show to steal.

Allison saw five targets on the Packers last two offensive possessions -- A 12-play, 75-yard drive with 17 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter and the 5-play, 70-yard drive that won the game off of Crosby's leg. He caught four of them for 103 yards. 

"We just kind of calmed down, went out there and executed. We took it one drive at a time, one play at a time and just remaining focused and executing."

He had already demonstrated his newfound ability to gain extra yardage after the catch in his limited preseason work. Seeing it in the regular season just had to be postponed.

After being suspended for the first game of the season and finally making his 2017 debut in a loss to the Atlanta Falcons last week, he only caught three passes for 24 yards. It was a different story this week with the Packers' premier slot receiver in Randall Cobb being inactive with a chest injury.

Cobb was one of the seven injured inactive players, taking away the team's leading receiver through the first two weeks of the season. Jordy Nelson was good to go despite the quad injury suffered in the early stages of the first quarter against the Falcons, however, Cobb had been Rodgers' bail-out target in certain situations this season.

To compensate, Allison filled in nicely. 

"That's out of an individual player's control," Allison said. "You just control what you can control, let the training staff take care of that, the coaches. As a player, you have to be prepared for any opportunity that you get blessed with and take full advantage of it and go out there and have fun."

Allison has served as a relief in place of Cobb as the No. 3 receiver twice before. First, against the Falcons last year in which he caught his first career touchdown, and then the final two games of the regular season against the Minnesota Vikings and Detroit Lions, tallying 157 yards on eight catches and a touchdown.

According to Pro Football Focus, Allison's impactful performance against the Bengals earned him the highest overall grade (87.5) on the team, as well as game ball honors. As of right now, he's the Packers' second-most productive receiver in terms of yardage with 146 yards on nine catches through two games.

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Handsback's picture

It was a good throw/catch in OT to get the win. I'm not so sure how this will translate to future games, but right now Geronimo is a beast!

KenEllis's picture

Allison may have average speed, at best, but on a team where Jordy has been slowed down by age and injury (though he is still a beast in the red zone and in traffic), Cobb and Adams are quick but not fast, and Bennett is playing about as fast as Richard Rodgers, Geronimo really stands out.

This is a really slow group of skill position players, by NFL standards, in Green Bay and that includes Montgomery.

Jonathan Spader's picture

Who cares if a player can run really fast in a straight line? If that's what yoy want to watch go to a track meet not a football game. Trevor Davis is the fastest player on the team what has he shown as a WR so far? Ross on the Bengals is even faster and he's been a nonfactor mainly due to injury obviously. There's a lot more to being a WR than your 40 time.

The NFL is a game of matchups. The Packers have a diverse set of WRs which stresses a defense. They have WRs that can play multiple positions which increases that stress. Then they have Aaron throwing darts which keeps DCers up at night.

Allison has decent height, arm length, route running ability but his feel for the game is hos special tallent. Good luck measuring that. He finds the soft spots in zone defenses and comes back to his quarterback when Aaron is scrambling. I just wish he didn't have a drop when Aaron put the ball right in his hands.

Allison's combine stats:

40 YARD DASH: 4.67 SEC
VERTICAL JUMP: 33.0 INCH
BROAD JUMP: 127.0 INCH
3 CONE DRILL: 7.40 SEC
20 YARD SHUTTLE: 4.28 SEC
60 YARD SHUTTLE: 11.54 SEC

billybobton's picture

Calvin Johnson/40 yard dash time
4.35 seconds
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Julio Jones
4.39 seconds

Dez Bryant
4.52 seconds

Antonio Brown
4.47 seconds

Finwiz's picture

Yeah, I'm glad someone posted the actual 40 times, because when Calvin Johnson came out of college, he was not only a big receiver, he was extremely fast. Kind of defeated the entire premise of that 3 paragraphs not knowing he wasn't slow.

Finwiz's picture

They aren't that slow, at least not like you are making them out to be.
Cobb adds needed quickness that's important to the offense.
I don't care if a WR is a 4.6, if he knows how to run a pattern based on DB movements, he can get open, and Allison does.
I think Cobb/Devonte better watch out, or somebody may move up to number 3 and take their spot.

Packatron's picture

I agree. When watching highlights from around the league, I always notice how every team has guys with breakaway speed. Someone that strikes fear into an opposing defense. Someone that defenses have to game plan for. The Packers haven't had anyone like that in a long time.

Spud Rapids's picture

Except on every play action play they were double teaming Jordy because he still is that deep threat

dblbogey's picture

I heard Janis is the answer. He's fast and clueless. They could run him out there 2-3 times a game.

fthisJack's picture

i see Dez had 2 catches for 12 yards last night. lets trade Geronimo for him straight up...he's so much faster!

CheesyTex's picture

Great to see him on the same page when AR catches the defense offside or with 12 men on the field. Bodes well for the future.

pacman's picture

Additional effect of having teams take notice - opening up options for all.

What about Davis' punt returning? Pretty reasonable but I thought he was dancing around a bit.

And all those KO touchbacks is getting pretty boring. Seems like everybody is happy giving opponents the ball on the 25.

GBPDAN1's picture

I jumped out of my chair when Allison made the play in OT. Such a beautiful play in crunch time.

It's just a matter of time for Bennett to start living up to his billing.....right???

Packatron's picture

Hard for Bennett to do that when he's only used for blocking all the time.

Point Packer's picture

Bennett looked lumbering out there. Agree with previous comment that he resembles a taller Richard Rogers. Effort thing?

Geronimo is the next Donald Driver.

HankScorpio's picture

I love the background of the picture. One Bengal staffer has his head down, a few others are watching it unfold.

Andy Dalton and AJ Green are looking behind the play...I imagine looking at Rodgers...both wishing Dalton could make that kind of throw.

Fordham Ram's picture

I think he was used as a secret weapon at the end when they had a full game of data to see how he was being covered. It startled me to see how often Rodgers was targeting him. They apparently know what they have. This guys got some pair of hands. Way to go 'MO! More 'Mo. Go pack

fthisJack's picture

he's got hands and always gets extra yardage after the catch. remember Jerry Rice wasn't the fastest guy in town either!

Nick Perry's picture

Yesterday I made a comment about Allison, well really about the haters to stop with the negative talk about his speed. When i went back and read the comments most were about just one of his 6 catches OR the drop.

The dude was VITAL on the last drive of the 4th quarter. He had what, two or three catches on 3rd down to move the chains. Everybody is always so damned concerned about speed. News Flash!! The Packers don't have anyone who has speed AND can run the right route and catch the damn ball. At least Allison is producing when given the chance.

Lets not get so caught up in the times from the spandex Olympics. After all, I'm pretty sure Jason Spriggs damn near looked like a TE at the combine his scores were so good and how did he play in the preseason before getting hurt?

Jonathan Spader's picture

My thoughts exactly Nick Perry.

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