2. Jake Kumerow misses the roster
On the note of the offense, the Packers face some tough decisions at wide receiver. Currently, they have 12 wide receivers, but it’s possible only half of them will make the 53-man roster. Davante Adams, Geronimo Allison, Marquez Valdes-Scantling and Equanimeous St. Brown are all roster locks. So how many spots does that leave? Likely two, but at most three.
Fan favorite Jake Kumerow overcame the odds as one of the preseason’s biggest surprises a year ago, making the Packers’ roster and earning his first regular season action after returning from injury late in the season.
But despite earning Aaron Rodgers’ trust last season, Kumerow will miss out on the roster this season. Competition for places is high, and the final two positions will go to second-year J’Mon Moore and Trevor Davis.
While Moore didn’t make an impact in his first season, the Packers won’t want to give up on a fourth-round pick so soon. Earlier this offseason, wide receivers coach Alvis Whitted spoke highly of Moore and his potential:
“He’s on the right track, very talented individual and he’s going to do some great things for us,” Whitted said, according to Wes Hodkiewicz of Packers.com.
Davis’ speed could also make him a big-play threat in LaFleur’s offense, but what separates him from the other receivers competing for the final roster spot is his special teams work. With 37 career punt returns and 35 kick returns over the past three seasons, Davis is the Packers’ best choice for both roles in 2019.
Unless the Packers keep a seventh receiver, it could mean Kumerow is the odd man out.