Will Jake Kumerow make the Green Bay Packers’ 53-man roster in 2019?
Not only did he make the roster, but he also was the team’s best wide receiver in preseason and had it not been for injury, he could’ve played an important role in 2018.
Kumerow played in five regular season games, catching eight passes for 103 yards and a touchdown.
While Kumerow did make some important plays late in the season, it was a year of “what-ifs”. Kumerow put together an incredible preseason, catching six of 10 targets for 190 yards and two touchdowns in just two games. Along with a strong training camp, Kumerow made the Packers’ 53-man roster to start the regular season.
But a shoulder injury, which Kumerow actually suffered during a touchdown celebration in preseason, placed him on injured reserve. He didn’t return until Week 13.
Kumerow did make some good plays late in the season, including a touchdown in the win against the New York Jets.
Odds of making roster: 50 percent
If Kumerow had played the entire 2018 season and played well, it would be harder to not keep him on the roster this year. While he could absolutely earn a spot on the 53-man roster just as he did last year, there is so much competition for places at wide receiver so it won’t be easy.
If Kumerow plays like he did last summer, the Packers will have no choice but to keep him on the roster. But right now I’d say it’s 50-50.
What to expect in 2019?
If Kumerow does make the roster, he’ll likely be fourth or fifth on the depth chart initially and give the Packers good depth at the wide receiver position.
Second-year receivers Marquez Valdes-Scantling and Equanimeous St. Brown will be expected to build on promising rookie seasons, but Kumerow could still secure a spot on the depth chart and feature in Week 1. He’ll be competing with J’Mon Moore, Trevor Davis, Allen Lazard and Jawill Davis.
Kumerow played so well during training camp and preseason last year, and he’ll be a player to watch this summer.