With multiple roster spots opening up after wide receiver Jared Abbrederis and safety Chris Banjo landed on injured reserve, the Green Bay Packers appear to have decided how to fill one of them. On Monday, the team promoted Geronimo Allison to the 53-man roster, as confirmed by the wideout’s agent.
Allison entered the league as an undrafted free agent on the fringes of the Packers' offseason roster. However, after posting impressive numbers during the preseason and regularly making highlight plays during training camp, the University of Illinois product made a strong case for inclusion on the final roster. Though he ultimately missed the cut, Green Bay managed to retain him on their practice squad.
It remains unclear what role the Packers anticipate for Allison moving forward. He replaces a wideout that barely played on offense and only occasionally on special teams. However, with the receiving corps enduring bouts of inconsistency, a tall, skilled pass catcher like Allison could carve out a niche on offense in the coming weeks and months.
The Packers still have a vacancy on the 53-man roster. They appear most likely to fill it with a defensive player given the rash of injuries in the secondary.