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There is a lot to take from the first game of the 2018 regular season for the Green Bay Packers.Aaron Rodgers isn’t human (not exactly breaking news) Youth Davante Adams Jersey , the new offense looks similar to the old offense and the defense could very well be good (rough first drive aside).There is one other storyline heading into the season that has already begun to play out: who will emerge at wide receiver with the departure of Jordy Nelson?If you thought one of the three rookie receivers, that would incorrect although there are still 15 games to go.Instead, the answer is Geronimo Allison.While he won’t be targeted as frequently as Davante Adams or Randall Cobb, he showed the ability to get open and make the tough catches sometimes required in the Green Bay offense.His nice five-catch, 69-yard performance against the Bears was punctuated by a great catch on a 39-yard touchdown pass from Rodgers.The then undrafted rookie earned the trust of his quarterback in 2016 and after a rough sophomore season, he seems to have begun to blossom as a genuine third receiver.On that touchdown catch Allison was able to separate, slap Kyle Fuller’s hands away and then go up and make the catch.That’s growth right there.You can read more on Allison’s performance and praise continues to come Rodgers’ way from all corners of sport in today’s cheese curds.Geronimo Allison emerging as genuine weapon for the Packers—PackersNews.comAllison is tall and possesses some decent speed. Throw in Rodgers’ legendary accuracy and you have a potent pairing. The potential Allison has should continue to be tapped by the veteran quarterback as the season goes on.LeBron James, others react to 24-23 comeback win over the Bears—Packers.comFrom one GOAT to another (don’t @ me, Michael Jordan fans), James had praise for Rodgers in the historical comeback. Same goes for The Process in Philadelphia.Packers WR Randall Cobb celebrates big win with newborn son—FOX 6The most adorable social media reaction from the game comes from the veteran receiver. Maybe a future Packer?5 observations from re-watching Bears-Packers Mike Daniels Jersey , including Mitch Trubisky’s inconsistencies and Matt Nagy’s play-calling—Chicago TribuneMeanwhile in Chicago, it’s a baptism by fire for the rookie head coach and second year quarterback. Matt Navy’s play calling is already under scrutiny. Some honeymoon.Accountability the buzzword — for Clay Matthews and Mike McCarthy — after mistakes against Bears—Wisconsin State JournalClay Matthews and Mike McCarthy were rightfully roasted over social media after a boneheaded penalty that would have ended the game sooner and a poor play call, respectively. To their credit, the linebacker and coach owned their mistakes and will try and learn from them.Packers release fullback Aaron Ripkowski as part of final cuts, per report Once an understudy to Green Bay Packers’ folk-hero John Kuhn, fullback Aaron Ripkowski had the name and grit to quickly become a fan favorite in his own right. But at least for the time being, Green Bay is cutting ties with the fourth-year player.As has been noted in the past, the role of the fullback has been diminishing across the NFL. The Packers were one of very few teams to utilize the position in a prominent role. However, even last season, there were signs that Green Bay was also beginning to move away from its traditional use of the fullback. Ripkowski was called on for just five carries and seven receptions in 2017 Authentic JK Scott Jersey , a far cry from his 34 carries in 2016. His offensive snap count also was significantly reduced by over 100 (288-180) in that two-year span. The release of Ripkowski in the final year of his rookie contract paves the way for an extra tight end to make the final roster. At the time of this post, Emanuel Byrd and Robert Tonyan were still safe from the cut down and each could play a role as an H-back player for the Packers in Ripkowski’s absence. Also adding intrigue is that Joe Kerridge currently remains a Packer. The third-year fullback has bounced between the active roster and practice squad over the past two seasons, but also contributes on special teams.It was noted earlier today that Quinten Rollins suffered a hamstring injury and could pose a difficult challenge to the Packers’ front office if they value his versatility in the secondary enough to place him on returnable injured reserve. In that case, Ripkowski could be a strong bet to find his way back on the roster after injury placements sort themselves out. Still, there could be some interest in Ripkowski from teams around the league that still employ the fullback position.In the scenario that Green Bay does not retain Ripkowski, the Packers are in a curious position in terms of their backfield for week one. With Aaron Jones serving a suspension and Devante Mays and Joel Bouagnon released earlier today, it leaves Jamaal Williams and Ty Montgomery as the only two sure-fire players to be in the backfield. While Kerridge and late pickup LeShun Daniels have not been mentioned in the reported releases as of yet, it would appear the Packers could be on the lookout for another running back casualty in final cuts around the NFL.Stay tuned to our Roster Cuts Tracker to follow along with all of the Packers’ moves this weekend.