Detroit Lions: Geronimo Allison’s opt-out decision clears way for others

August 3rd, 2020 in Lions By Bob Heyrman

Veteran receiver Geronimo Allison opting out of the 2020 season clears the way for a young pass-catcher to earn a spot with the Detroit Lions.

Recently Geronimo Allison, a free agent wide receiver, the Detroit Lions signed this offseason to fill a depth role within the organization decided to opt-out of the season due to the Coronavirus pandemic growing concerns.  Allison and his wife are expecting their first child soon, and we can’t blame him or his family for making this decision.

Allison is the second player on Detroit to opt-out of the season after John Atkins made his decision to do so last week.  The Detroit Lions currently have a plethora of players placed on the COVID-19 list headlined by quarterback Matthew Stafford, receiver Kenny Golladay, tight end T.J. Hockenson and premier slot-corner Justin Coleman.  This doesn’t necessarily mean they’ve contracted the virus but could indicate they’ve come in close contact with someone who has tested positive in recent days.

After signing with the Detroit Lions, the former Green Bay Packers pass-catcher was expecting to earn himself a role in Detroit, serving as the teams’ fourth or fifth option.  Allison, a veteran player who excels as a run-blocking receiver, could also step in if injuries were to occur, providing Stafford with a reliable veteran rather than a young receiver that may prove not to be ready to make an impact on the large stage.

In an article published by the Detroit Free Press, head coach Matt Patricia completely understands the situation and supports any player that decides to opt-out;

“Certainly our families are the most important thing and I know a lot of times in football that gets lost, but I think about it every single day,” Patricia said. “My wife and my kids and a lot of our guys are in the same situations, or whether it’s their parents or grandparents or whatever it might be. So 100% just have to respect everybody’s feelings and opinions on trying to stay as safe as possible.”

Allison’s decision leaves the door open for players like Quintez Cephus, Jamal Agnew, Travis Fulgram, Marvin Hall, and Geremy Davis, who will all be competing for the final two receiver spots.

The former Packer totaled 287 yards on 34 receptions totaling two touchdowns last season.