Jake Kumerow will be among a handful of deep sleeper receivers in Fantasy circles this fall, but until he finds playing time with the starting unit in Green Bay, Fantasy managers shouldn't bother considering him.
Kumerow has the continued support of Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, who has commented on the wide receiver a number of times over the past year, Jason Wilde of the Wisconsin State Journal reports. "Obviously, I'm a big fan of [Kumerow]," Rodgers said last week. "I don't think I need to keep going on that." Kumerow bounced around NFL practice squads from 2015 to 2017, spending time with the Bengals, Patriots and Packers. He made his bid for a roster spot in Green Bay last August, catching six passes for 190 yards and two touchdowns in two preseason games before a shoulder injury sent him to injured reserve. Kumerow returned from IR in December and caught eight passes for 103 yards in five games, highlighted by a 49-yard touchdown from Rodgers in Week 16. The 27-year-old now finds himself with an excellent opportunity in a Packers offense that has open competition for wideout snaps behind Davante Adams. Reports from spring practices peg Marquez Valdes-Scantling and Geronimo Allison as the early leaders for top-three roles, but Rodgers seems to be more interested in Kumerow, who still has plenty of time to make his move this summer.
Kumerow signed his exclusive rights tender from the Packers on Friday, Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com reports. Back for a second season in Green Bay, Kumerow again will be in contention for a 53-man roster spot in 2019, especially with Randall Cobb out of the picture. After Davante Adams and Geronimo Allison, the receiving corps is unsettled, with second-year receivers Equanimeous St. Brown (concussion), Marquez Valdes-Scantling and J'Mon Moore acting as Kumerow's primary competition. In his first action as a pro last year, Kumerow managed eight catches (on 11 targets) for 103 yards and one touchdown in five games.
The Packers extended a tender to Kumerow on Monday, Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com reports. With less than three accrued seasons, Kumerow is an exclusive rights free agent and has little choice but to sign the tender. After spending most of the 2018 campaign on IR due to a sprained shoulder, he returned Week 13 and was active for the final five games, notching eight catches (on 11 targets) for 103 yards and one touchdown. The Packers have more decisions to make with unrestricted free agent Randall Cobb and restricted free agent Geronimo Allison, which will impact Kumerow's standing in the receiving corps.
Kumerow caught three passes for 19 yards in Sunday's loss to the Lions. Kumerow busted out for 68 yards and a touchdown in Week 16, but he did not come close to replicating that showing in the regular-season finale. Kumerow showed some promise during the preseason, but he spent most of the campaign on injured reserve with a shoulder injury and only suited up for the Packers' final five games. He could get another chance to show what he can do in 2019, but he will likely have to earn his way onto the roster for a second year in a row.
Kumerow caught all three of his targets for 68 yards and a touchdown during Sunday's 44-38 overtime win over the Jets. The Packers were scoreless as the first half was winding down when Kumerow ran a flag route and caught a lofted Aaron Rodgers pass and cut up field for a 49-yard touchdown. The rookie more than doubled his reception count for the season during the game and just about quintupled his yardage. It's hard to tell if this is the start of something or just a blip for Kumerow. If the former, he'll have a so-so matchup against a middle-of-the-road Lions defense next Sunday.
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