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Allison, Geronimo

sage16 gallisonCard: Sage 2016
Acquired: 2016, Hobby Box Breaker

Geronimo Allison played wide receiver in junior college for Iowa Western in 2012 and 2013. His team went 11-0 and earned them the Division’s National Championship. He transferred to Illinois in 2014 and had 106 receptions for 1,480 yards and 8 TDs.  Gifted with a good frame and displaying many positive traits, Allison is still growing into his role as a wide receiver.

Allison went undrafted in 2016, but was a priority free agent for many interested squads. Eventually he signed with the Green Bay Packers. As Aaron Rodgers is known to spread the love around between his receivers, Geronimo was able to corral 12 catches for 202 yards and 2 TDs his rookie year. During the playoffs Allison chipped in another 5 receptions for 65 yards. Things were looking great for him entering 2017, but he’d be suspended by the league for the first game of the season for substance abuse.

Cash, Jeremy

sage16 jcashCard: Sage 2016
Acquired: 2016, Hobby Box Breaker

Jeremy Cash is a force to be reckoned with while in the box. The strong safety is a physical presence evidenced by him recording 326 tackles and 7 forced fumbles over 3 years for the Duke Blue Devils. 10 years ago, there’d be a lot more buzz on Cash, but as the game has evolutionized to more of a passing game, there’s been less and less room on a roster for a straight line in the box safety.  While his pass coverage may be considered suspect by scouts, there’s no question that he’s an elite enforcer that some team will pony up for. Drawing comparisons to TJ Ward, Cash somehow slipped completely off the draft boards; However, Jeremy paid no mind, as a bidding war ensued for his services. Apparently upwards of 20 teams had him targeted as a priority free agent. He’d later sign with the Carolina Panthers as Jeremy received one of the most lucrative signing bonuses among the free agent class. The Panthers plan to utilize him at linebacker.

Spruce, Nelson

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Card: Sage 2016
Acquired: 2016, Box Breaker

The Colorado Buffallos have a had little to cheer about in football recently with the emergence of guys like Paul Richardson. Spruce benefited from the departure of the speedy receiver, and set school records with 106 catches and 12 touchdowns, along with 1,198 receiving yards. It was enough to earn Spruce Second Team All-Pac-12 honors in 2014.   A good route runner with soft hands, Spruce reminds me mostly of former Texans receiver Kevin Walter.  While his skills are undeniable, his lack of straight line speed is an issue for scouts clocking a 4.59 40, but he could quickly move in as a slot guy or a possession receiver who works special teams as a punt returner.  After a poor showing at the combine, Nelson was marked with a 3rd day rating, but eventually went undrafted. I thought he held potential for a team like the Texans or Patriots, but eventually Spruce signed a free agent contract with the Los Angeles Rams.

Spruce impressed the team well enough that he made the squad, but he was buried on the depth chart.  He’d be injured and spend a good portion of the season on IR, but was activated for the final game of the season versus the Cardinals.