Pair of youthful Packers WRs take different paths into 2018

-- Two different paths, two different sets of expectations entering 2018.

For Geronimo Allison, the Green Bay Packers' third-year undrafted receiver is planning on playing a significant role in the team's offensive plans -- especially with Jordy Nelson no longer housed on the roster.

And then there's Jake Kumerow from UW—Whitewater.

Kumerow, 26, was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Cincinnati Bengals in 2015 before spending the entirety of his rookie season on their practice squad. He spent all of two weeks in 2017 on the New England Patriots' practice squad.

His journey led him to Green Bay last December -- again to the practice squad -- where he eventually inked a reserve/future contract with the Packers a week later.

In his first training camp with the Packers, he's been one of the early standouts at the wide receiver position, offering a fun shake-up to a young and unproven unit.

"He’s really stood out throughout the spring," McCarthy said before the Packers' first padded practice of the summer on Saturday.

"He’s been extremely productive with his opportunities. He’s been climbing and scratching, that’s really nothing new for us who have seen what he’s done here. Like anything, practicing in helmets is a lot different than practicing in pads, so we want to see everyone make progress today."

Kumerow doesn't have a regular season snap to his credit, and he has quite the hill to climb en route to securing a roster spot on a crowded depth chart that currently consists of 10 other receivers. But a good start would be transitioning his early success into consistency during padded practices.

Allison's script is similar -- but not so much. Not many roster spots or position battles are secured by the end of July, however, Allison is primed to contribute offensively in a much greater facet than in year's past.

"I really like what Geronimo is doing," McCarthy said. "He’s so consistent, his tenacity — I admire it. When you look at him, he may not look built like a special team player in his first and second-year, but if you watch it in his production last year, I thought he played at a very high level."

Allison opened up camp with the No. 1 offense, but still has to fend off rookies pursuing playing time.

J'Mon Moore, a fourth-round pick from April, is the likey of the bunch. The Packers also have in-house, lesser-known talents such as DeAngelo Yancey, Adonis Jennings and Kyle Lewis -- the latter two being added to the roster just this past week -- who will need a strong preseason to cause any commotion.

While Marquez Valdes-Scantling and Equanimeous St. Brown -- fifth and sixth-round picks, respectively -- could also make a push for playing time, Allison has the edge over any of those names because of his established on-field connection with quarterback Aaron Rodgers.

But of course, constructing such chemistry with Rodgers is the ultimate prize for a summer's worth of hard work for any of the young receivers. It's also the main point of emphasis behind Joe Philbin's operations as offensive coordinator, much like it was in 2011 during his last season with Green Bay.

"We’ve changed up some things schematically, but the overview is the same thing. It’s continuing to build trust and chemistry with Aaron and continuing to get on the same page with him," Wide receiver Randall Cobb said on Friday, who is situated on the complete opposite end of the spectrum in terms of roster status as opposed to Allison and Kumerow.

"It’s all about that chemistry and continuing to talk through things. Year-to-year, things change. We try to work through different changes and make sure we’re all on the same page."

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Zachary Jacobson is a staff writer/reporter for Cheesehead TV. He's the voice of The Leap on iTunes and can be heard on The Scoop KLGR 1490 AM every Saturday morning. He's also a contributor on the Pack-A-Day Podcast. He can be found on Twitter via @ZachAJacobson or contacted through email at [email protected].

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DraftHobbyist's picture

July 28, 2018 at 02:46 pm

These WR's all have a long ways to go as far as I can tell, but it's early yet so they deserve some time.

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Turophile's picture

July 28, 2018 at 03:32 pm

we have spent weeks (months even) talking about how we like this guy or that guy at WR.

Popular likes are St.Brown and one I like (admittedly that is mostly due to his raw size speed combo) Valdez-Scantling. Until he retired from football, the 6'6" Clark was pretty popular as well.

I haven't seen the same love for Moore, though he is the highest draft pick and looks the most accomplished rookie, early on. Same applies to last years draftee, Yancey. I've seen almost no-one wave his flag.

I think Allison has the experience advantage over other young WRs to stick, at least for this year (though there is a surprising number of posters that think he won't make the 53 cutdown).

Davis position is awkward. He hasn't shone at WR, but is the Packers returner. His future depends on how much thay value him on ST, and whether he can advance as a WR. He must compete with Moore, MVS, ESB, Yancey, all pushing for this years 4th to 6th WR spots. Two guys are going to lose out here (if they keep 6 WRS).

Even this assumes guys like Kumerow or Jennings don't make the team, which they might.

Thank goodness with the start of training camp, we can see and read about how the many receivers are actually doing in camp rather than idly speculating on our draft crushes. Hopefully the better receivers will rise on the published depth chart, serving as proof of who is rising/falling in the pecking order.

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stockholder's picture

July 29, 2018 at 06:05 pm

Still sounds like spin the bottle. Nobody is happy with Davis or Allison. We draft three WRs and were still talking about Davis and Allison making it. Why keep drafting WRS when everyone thinks Allison and Davis are the guys. And then were still signing unproven FA's. Clark understood it and retired. I understand due Diligence. But this is still the same worn out song. I believe these picks could have been traded for better. I havn't seen the improvement! I see wasting picks. And thats just what the WR position has become. Wasted picks if at least 2 rookies don't make it. Strategic thinking is signing veterans. Example: Veteran TEs were signed. Not Drafted. Example. The Bears and Lions signed veteran WRs . We all saw what happened when A-Rod went down. Everyone knew what would happen. When the star doesn't shine the whole team suffers. Enough I say. Get better and faster, and dump the pets. Development is for the PS. Same old pets only get you a Higher draft pick. Somebody needs to make up their mind, and not pray for miracles.

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Tundraboy's picture

July 31, 2018 at 12:06 am

I certainly see your point. That's what makes this camp and season so exciting. We will finally see what some of these guys can actually do.

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July 30, 2018 at 12:40 am

I wrote that I wasn't going to comment for a while on Jmon Moore because my words sounded almost fawning. Besides, I can't go around writing a bunch of positive comments - I've got a reputation to protect.

Moore got some first team reps with AR on day one of camp. MM said Moore had earned the opportunity in OTAs.

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July 28, 2018 at 08:29 pm

I'm on that Kumerow hype train! Too bad we let Mccaffrey go last year, lets keep this guy around.
Per Wes Hodkiewicz of Packers.com
"Football is in the fabric of Kumerow’s family. His father, Eric, was the first-round pick of the Miami Dolphins in 1988. His uncle, John Bosa, also played three seasons for the Dolphins, while cousin, Joey, was the NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year after being the second overall pick in the 2017 draft."

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dobber's picture

July 28, 2018 at 09:42 pm

They got McCaffrey back toward the end of the season...and let him go again.

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DD's picture

July 29, 2018 at 11:24 am

Dobber: McCaffrey played real hard. Getting a chance with no change MM is the problem. You'll see it.

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dobber's picture

July 29, 2018 at 01:08 pm

He was signed by two other teams (NO and Jax) after the Packers cut him loose last fall, too. I guess it's just his unfortunate lot in life to never get chances...

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Oppy's picture

July 29, 2018 at 05:27 pm

Mike McCarthy secretly denies chances to young, obviously-better-than-whats-currently-on-the-roster players for a number of different NFL teams.. a sort of talent-blocker for hire by shadowy, secret contract.

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DD's picture

July 29, 2018 at 11:27 am

Kevgk: You're correct. Great lines. Can you say and and include a linebacker not drafted when available? Ask the Steelers!!

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DD's picture

July 29, 2018 at 11:23 am

Learn crisp routes, the play called, and catch the ball. Simple. We'll see who delivers!! MM biggest problem is he sticks with veterans too long and his total failure to change. Example: no show Hundley. Who is the hungriest in practices and earns Rodgers trust? Should be interesting. Go Pack.

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KnockTheSnotOutOfYou's picture

July 29, 2018 at 07:37 pm

I'm intrigued with E. St. Brown. Youngest of the three drafted WR's. Is he as good as hyped that he should have been drafted higher? Why then did he fall?

All 3 of those WR's will be fun to watch. Just hope they all get plenty of reps in pre-season.

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Oppy's picture

July 29, 2018 at 11:49 pm

ESJ's production in 2017 dropped to almost half of what it was in 2016, that's why.

The reasons? Going from DeShone Kizer as QB in 2016 to Brandon Wimbush in 2017 (Notre Dame's passing attack went from being ranked roughly 50th in the NCAA with Kizer under center to 110th with Wimbush).

Also, ESJ's monster year in 2016 led to him being almost exclusively seeing double coverage in 2017.

Bad QB + Double Coverage = 1/2 production, and I think NFL teams shied away because, well, you'd rather see a two-year record of high production rather than a single year if you're going to spend a first or second day pick on a player, regardless of the circumstance.

I think the Packers got an absolute steal with ESJ. I feel he could be the best WR of our rookie picks in the long run. A lot to like.

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