On Thursday, when news of Aaron Rodgers’ dissatisfaction with the Green Bay Packers came to the forefront of the NFL news cycle, few would have predicted that a lightly-used journeyman wide receiver out of the University of Wisconsin—Whitewater would become a prominent player. However, on Monday, Jake Kumerow’s name stepped into the fray as a key figure in the ongoing soap opera.
For some context, Kumerow signed with the Cincinnati Bengals as an undrafted free agent in 2015, then spent the next three seasons bouncing around their practice squad. After a two-week stint on the New England Patriots’ practice squad in 2017 campaign, he landed with the Packers before week 17. Kumerow would go on to make the active roster in 2018, but was placed on injured reserve immediately after final cuts, returning for the final five games of that season. He then spent 2019 as the Packers’ fourth or fifth wide receiver and was in the running for a similar role in 2020 before being released at final cuts on September 5th.
In total, Kumerow played in 21 games for the Packers, catching 20 of his 32 targets for 322 yards and two touchdowns.