Aaron Rodgers has played with a ton of receivers in his time in the NFL, and it looks like he has a new one to throw some passes to this season.
In addition to his new acquisition at tight end in Jimmy Graham this year, Rodgers might be throwing to 6-4 Jake Kumerow. The player is virtually coming from out of nowhere. He is not even a rookie, but has been putting on a show for Green Bay at training camp.
Kumerow spent his first two season in the NFL playing on the Cincinnati Bengals practice squad, spent some time with New England, and then joined the Packers in late December. He may have been a journeyman early on in the league, but he is now making his arrival to the league, as he is drawing attention from everyone at camp, including his starting QB.
GM of the Packers Brian Gutekunst had kept an eye on Kumerow through his NFL process. “Hw was one of the guys that, obviously, we evaluated, “Gutekunst said about his draft process from years ago. “He had a few injuries along the ways, through college and then in his initial year into the pros. We always kind of kept track of him.”
The young receiver was sure able to show off at camp. Rodgers was looking for the UW-Whitewater alum during practices. He was described as the third-best receiver during the stretch of camp. With recent reports coming out that the other receivers on the Packers squad are frustrating the MVP-caliber signal caller, it may be time for the spotlight to shine down on the new wideout.
Kumerow has a great skillset and athleticism for an NFL receiver. Back when he was scouted out in Wisconsin, he stood at 6-4 1/2, and 209 pounds. He recorded a 4.54 40-meter-dash time, a 31-inch vertical jump, and benched 225 pounds 15 times, to go along with a three-cone-drill time of 6.9 seconds. All of these stats add up to create the general build of dominant WRs in the NFL today. Players such as AJ Green, Julio Jones, and Alshon Jeffery bring skill sets like Kumerow’s to the table, and their length literally separates them from the rest of the NFL’s receiving core.
I know it is just training camp, but maybe Kumerow can find his way into getting major playing time with Rodgers at the helm. He is known for utilizing not so well-known names in big situations. He has done so with game-winning or tying hail marys to Richard Rodgers and Jeff Janis. Before that point, no one had heard of those guys. Aaron Rodgers is the man with the plan in Green Bay, so don’t be too surprised to see if Jake Kumerow gets some shots at greatness this season.
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