Until Jake Kumerow gets meaningful production in the Packers offense, Fantasy managers shouldn't bother adding him to rosters.
Kumerow signed his exclusive rights tender with the Packers on Saturday, per the league's official transactions report. Kumerow will play under a one-year, $660,000 contract in Green Bay for 2020. The team bypassed the wide receiver position in the 2020 NFL Draft, in a somewhat unexpected move, so Kumerow could be in the mix to compete for the third or fourth wideout spot this offseason.
The Packers have given Kumerow a minimum salary tender, Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com reports. As an exclusive rights free agent, Kumerow would only be able to join a new team if the Packers hadn't extended the tender. He could be in the mix for the third or fourth WR spot in 2020, following a 2019 campaign with a 12-219-1 receiving line on 21 targets in 14 games.
Kumerow, who caught a 23-yard pass in the NFC Championship Game, finished with 12 catches for 219 yards and a touchdown over 14 regular-season games in 2019. A popular sleeper that Aaron Rodgers has consistently vouched for, Kumerow generated modest production in 2019. However, the 27-year-old worked as the borderline No. 3 receiver in the Packers offense and showed off strong run-blocking skills as well. He'll be an exclusive-rights free agent in March, and the Packers figure to keep him around heading into 2020. He'll have an uphill battle to retain a consistent role behind Davante Adams and Allen Lazard, though, as the Packers figure to reinforce their wideout corps via the draft and free agency while Equanimeous St. Brown (ankle) likely returns.
Kumerow was targeted once but did not catch a pass in Sunday's divisional-round win over the Seahawks. Kumerow finished a surprising second among Packers wide receivers with 30 snaps Sunday, but that did not translate to anything in the box score other than the lone target. He saw extra snaps Sunday with Allen Lazard banged up, and it's likely that Kumerow's role will be reduced in the NFC Championship Game as long as Lazard is able to go.
Kumerow (illness) is active for Sunday's game at Detroit, Ryan Wood of the Green Bay Press-Gazette reports. Kumerow came down with an illness late in the week, keeping him from the practice field Friday. No matter, he'll be available to the Packers offense alongside fellow wideouts Davante Adams, Allen Lazard, Geronimo Allison and Marquez Valdes-Scantling in the regular-season finale.
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|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|3||09/28||@New Orleans Saints||27||24.71|
|6||10/18||@Tampa Bay Buccaneers||32||27.63|
|9||11/06||@San Francisco 49ers||11||18.68|
|3 Year Avg||16||10||161||1||6||16.10||22|