Allison felt about midway through OTAs in the spring he was back to himself health-wise, and a deliberate, measured recovery process helped him feel 100 percent at the start of camp.
Over the past three weeks, the former undrafted Illinois product has taken numerous reps in the slot with Aaron Rodgers and the No. 1 offense. Rodgers has remarked how he likes the 6-foot-4 Allison’s experience, smarts and catching radius in that spot, and just mentioning the word “slot” brings a smile to Allison’s face.
“As long as I have a role, and it’s clear and understandable, I know how to help the team,” he said.
More important, missing three-quarters of last season – after beginning on a 1,000-yard pace with 19 catches for 289 yards and two TDs through four games – didn’t diminish his chemistry with Rodgers any.
That was evident on his big play in Tuesday’s practice, which was a check at the line from Rodgers that the ball was coming his way at the snap. Allison read the QB’s signal, was ready for the ball, and had the field awareness to know he had room to get around the corner if he made a good move after the catch.
“I feel like I still understand how he wants things operated, the thinking process in different situations on the field, different areas of the field, different route combinations,” Allison said. “I feel like I still have that instinctiveness, being intuitive with him, so that’s awesome.”
The No. 1 offense’s first preseason action will come Thursday night in Baltimore, with Adams, Allison and second-year pro Marquez Valdes-Scantling the top three receivers working with Rodgers.